Image of Dr. Pat Carey with text, 'Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award'

The Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student leader who embodies humility, compassion, and strong character. Serving as advocates for the betterment of communities across difference, this award recognizes two individuals that personify what it means to be a leader and a changemaker. The recipients of this award demonstrate a commitment to enriching and providing service to their communities as exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dr. Patricia M. Carey (Steinhardt, PhD ’82).

Nominations for the Patricia M. Carey Changemaker Award may be submitted by students, faculty, staff/administrators, alumni, or other members of the NYU community.


Portrait of Zina Karas

Undergraduate Student Award Recipient

Zina Karas (Liberal Studies '21)

With a passion to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on a global scale; teach international feminism; and facilitate workshops that dissect queer language and culture, Zina has and will continue to leave a legacy.

Portrait of Briana Adline Royster

Graduate Student Award Recipient

Briana Adline Royster (Graduate School of Arts & Science '22)

Briana has dedicated her life's work to advocating for the historically silenced and most underserved in America, specifically focusing on the experiences of Black women.

Award recipients will be announced and celebrated during NYU MLK Week (February 1–6, 2021).