Patricia Carey, Steinhardt’s Associate Dean for Student Services, was honored on February 5th with the 2015 NYU MLK Humanitarian Award. The award is presented annually to a member of the NYU community who exemplifies the characteristics promoted by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — “a vision of peace, persistence in purpose, and inspirational action.”
Carey, who also serves as University Associate Vice Provost for Diversity Programs, was recognized for working to incorporate the voices of all students into the larger NYU community and for broadening students’ understanding of sociological and global issues.
An advocate for student access, opportunity, and success, Carey is a founding member of the National Association of Black Women in Higher Education. Her community outreach includes serving as a trustee of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and as a board member of ArtsConnection, an organization devoted to supporting arts education in the New York City Public Schools. In 2013 the United Neighborhood Houses honored her with a New Yorkers Who Make a Difference Award.
“Dean Carey wants everyone in her sphere to grow, succeed, and help others, ” said Nija Leocadio, a counselor in Steinhardt’s Graduate Student Services Office. “She nurtures all those who count her as a colleague, professor, and dean. She is motivating, inspiring; a star maker.”