“We wanted to honor Dr. Carroll's vision and commitment to the humanities, both as our past president and as our Chancellor, so it seemed most fitting to bestow her name permanently upon this program,” stated Dr. Pamela Luster, president of Mesa College.
Since it began as a campus-wide initiative in September of 1990, the Humanities Institute has supported the work of faculty and staff to bring diverse programming and events to Mesa College. The Institute serves as an internal vehicle for cultural, interdisciplinary, and Mesa College community priorities and activities are intended to increase student engagement, recruitment, and retention.
With a goal of enriching the student experience through the humanities, the Institute focuses on and funds activities that promote diverse cultures and perspectives such as a celebration of Black History Month, Cesar Chavez, Chinese Culture, Women's History Month, and Cultural Unity Week. Named in honor of Carroll in 2020, the institute aims to honor her legacy as former president of Mesa College and chancellor of the San Diego Community College District.
Carroll currently serves on the boards of the University of San Diego, the League for Innovation, the Community College Humanities Association, and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. In 2015, Carroll was honored with the prestigious “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Human Dignity Award” by the YMCA of San Diego County, and the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary recognized her as one of the 2015 “Women of Dedication.”
In 2016, she was given the “Moving San Diego Forward” award by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, she was recognized by the national Community College Baccalaureate Association with the “Pioneer Award” for her leadership and work in improving access to baccalaureate-level education through community colleges. In 2019, the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) honored Carroll with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.”