Caley Receives Award for Community Service and Social Justice

An advocate for children with health care needs in low-income families, Sylvia Caley (M.B.A ’86; J.D. ’89), clinical professor, has left an indelible mark on the community in her quest to eliminate health disparities and promote health equity.

Georgia State University President Mark Becker presented Caley with Georgia State University’s Carl V. Patton President’s Award for Community Service and Social Justice on April 25 for her dedication to and significant contributions in improving the lives of others.

“As one of the founders of HeLP, Sylvia has transformed her civic commitment into positive social action for Georgia State Law students and the community partners with whom HeLP collaborates,” said Charity Scott, Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law, who nominated Caley.

“Sylvia is a role model for many, and truly exemplifies Georgia State’s commitment to fostering civic and community engagement,” said Scott. “She has dedicated most of her professional life to improving the health and well-being of some of our most vulnerable communities and has been actively and continuously engaged in addressing them for many years.”

This includes her mentoring of students from different disciplines, who participate in HeLP and the HeLP Legal Services Clinic, her Health Legislation and Advocacy course that pairs students with community partners, and her service in numerous organizations that promote access to health care, community education and health improvement.

“Truly, it is a privilege to receive this recognition from the school that has given me so much — the education, training, and encouragement necessary to expand my horizons and the platform upon which to contribute to the betterment of our community,” said Caley. “Working to expand access to justice, reduce disparities, and achieve the goal of health equity is very rewarding work, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve.” Sylvia Caley (M.B.A ’86; J.D. ’89), Director of HeLP, Co-Director of HeLP Legal Services Clinic and Clinical Professor