Meet Dr. Monique Holsey-Hyman

Your Durham City Council Member At-Large

Passion, Heart, and Integrity to Serve Durham!

                                        National League of Cities
                                2023 NATIONAL BLACK CAUCUS
                       OF LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS (NBC-LEO)
                                Regional Director : Region 18 (NC)

2022 NC Central University the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Social Work Department Excellence in Teaching

2022 NC Central Social Work Innovative Instruction/ Mentoring Award

2021 NC Central University Excellence in Teaching

"If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people." This famous proverb best represents the influence this leader-educator has instilled in academia. Dedicated to her work, service to humanity, and undying love for family, Dr. Monique E. Holsey-Hyman of South Bronx, New York City, is a committed woman who aims to adhere to an education set to aid society's future. She believes in providing people with a decent education and nurturing them with love and care they deserve. Dr. Holsey-Hyman is a powerful woman who believes "education is the key to success." She is a wife, mother, and community activist passionate about education and service. Her work attests to the impact she has bestowed upon students and the community. Dr. Holsey-Hyman is a benchmark for educators and leaders to fulfill their duty and connect to a more profound sense of purpose.


  • Doctorate in Education Leadership and Administration from the Richard W. Riley College of Education at Walden University in 2015
  • Master of Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work in 1992
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and Sociology from the State University at Binghamton in 1986


  • Certified Social Worker (CSW) since 1996 in New York State
  • Certified Social Worker with Psychotherapy Privilege (LCSW-R) since 2005 in New York State


  • Over 25 years of direct social work practice in child welfare, mental health, community healthcare, and management, with 17 years in administrative and academic leadership
  • City of New York Child Welfare Caseworker, Human Resources Administrator, Child Welfare Administrator, and Special Assistant to Deputy Director of Bronx Field Office
  • Community Collaborator and Supervisor for the Family Preservation, Community & Family Advocacy Program for the first New York City African American Mayor, David Dinkins
  • Established the first Mental Health Case Management Program for Steinway Child and Family Services in Queens, New York
  • Director of Case Management Services in Bronx, New York
  • Director for Community Healthcare Network, Health Center in Queens, New York
  • Consultant for Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center, Brooklyn Hospital, and New York City Housing Authority
  • Adjunct Professor at Berkeley College, Liberal Arts Department, teaching and developing introductory and upper-level sociology courses 
  • Served in many administrative and teaching roles at Shaw University
    • Member of the initial accreditation team and reaffirmation team for the Department of Social Work 
    • Served as Curriculum Quality Coordinator and Chair of the Social Work Department
    • Special Assistant to the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies
    • Special Assistant to the Vice President for Retention and Recruitment, Student Engagement
    • Director of Center for Alternative Programs in Education (Durham Site)
    • Developed Student Affairs skills as the First-Year Program Director
    • Peer Orientation Mentor Director, and worked on students programming and advising 
    • Social Work Association Advisor
    • Presidential Selection Committee Member
    • Appointed by Dr. Paulette Dillard, President of Shaw University, to Chair the Shaw University Admissions, Retention, and Recruitment Committee
  • Serves in many administrative and teaching roles at North Carolina Central University
    • Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work undergraduate and graduate programs
    • MSW Field Education Program Liaison Officer
    • Member of the NC Central University Quality Education Plan (QEP) Committee
    • Faculty Senate
    • Phi Alpha Honor Society Advisor
    • Graduate Student Association Co-advisor
    • Department of Social Work Admissions Committee
    • Co-chair Department of the Social Work Recruitment Committee
  • Adjunct Professor at Fordham University, providing online instruction of Social Work graduate-level courses 
  • External Advisor and Field Supervisor at Columbia University to graduate-level students
  • Admissions Reader for the MSW program at Simmons College
  • Graduate Leadership Adjunct Professor at Brescia University
  • Adjunct Lead Faculty member and Contributing Core Faculty member at Walden University

Volunteer and Community Involvement

  • Advisor for several student campuses organizations such as Simmons College First Generation Mentorship Graduate Program, Shaw University, NC Central Social Work Association, and Phi Alpha Honor Society
  • Served on several School Improvement and Site-Based Boards for schools in Durham County
  • Past Alliance Behavioral Healthcare Board Member
  • Previously appointed to the Pearson Town Elementary Site-Based Decision-Making Committee
  • Previously appointed to the Durham Area Mental Health Board
  • Past Rogers Herr Middle School Site-Based Decision-Making Committee
  • Past Pearson Town Elementary Principal Selection Committee
  • Past Durham Citizens Advisory Board Member
  • Certified Site Auditor for the Council on Social Work Education
  • Initial Accreditation Faculty Team Council on Social Work Education Member
  • Re-affirmation Faculty Team Council on Social Work Education
  • Currently, Vice President of the Durham Social Services Board
  • Currently the Regional Director (Region 18 – NC) for the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials National League of Cities (NBC-LEO)


  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
  • The National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA)

Awards, Nominations and Special Recognitions

  • 2022 Regional Triangle Leadership Goodman Fellow
  • 2022 NC Central University College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASH) Social Work Department Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2022 NC Central University Department of Social Work Innovative Instruction/Mentoring Award
  • 2022 Higher Education Leadership Foundation NU Cohort
  • 2022 North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership IOPL Cohort
  • 2022 The Empress Haven PLP Mental Health Services: Life Changer Award
  • 2021 NC Central University Excellence in Teaching
  • 2021 HBCUgrow Lead Forward Award
  • 2021NC Central University Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring/University # 1 Priority Student Success Award
  • 2020 Nominee for North Carolina Schools Heroes/ NC Education Lottery
  • 2020 Walden University Academic Residencies Commitment and Dedication/Transitioning Face-to-Face to Virtual Education Award
  • 2019 NC Central University Crystal Eagle Excellence Award for Outstanding Social Work Faculty
  • 2019 Association of College and University Educators’ Certificate in Effective College Instruction, a nationally recognized distinction and accomplishment endorsed by the American Council on Education
  • 2019 NCCU Eagle Promise Award Banquet Mentorship Students/Leadership Nominee
  • 2019 NCCU Eagle Promise Award Banquet Faculty Mentorship | Nominee
  • 2019 NCCU Eagle Promise Award Banquet for Innovative Teaching Performance by a Member of Junior Faculty | Nominee
  • 2019 NCCU Eagle Promise Award Banquet for Outstanding Achievement in the Use of Technology in the Classroom | Nominee
  • 2018 Kathleen H. Millstein Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring at Simmons College
  • 2018 University of Pittsburgh – Institute for Clinical Research Education, Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS) Program Grant Award
  • 2018 Walden University - Outstanding Walden University Alumni Nominee
  • 2018 NASPA Foundation Pillars of the Profession Nominee
  • 2017 Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year in Education
  • 2016 Spectacular Women of the Year/ Education Category | Semifinalist
  • 2015 Nominee HBCU Digest Female Faculty of the Year
  • 2014 Service and Dedication Student Government Association Award
  • 2012 Shaw University Excellence in Service Award Nominee
  • 2010 Shaw University Excellence in Teaching Award


  • Kennedy, D. & Holsey- Hyman, M., Lamotee, T., Spears, A. (2022). The History and Social Work Legacy of the Black Panther Party. International Journal of Education and Human Developments, Vol. 8 No. 1; September ISSN 2415-1270 (Online), ISSN 2415-1424 (Print) Published by Center for Global Research Development
  • Holsey- Hyman, M (2021). Incorporating Technology and Digital Media to Teach Social Work Students Policy, Research, Advocacy, and Presentation Skills. The Journal of Education Research and Interdisciplinary Studies, 3(1), 24-36.
  • Kennedy, D. & Holsey- Hyman, M. (2021). Social Work and Civil Rights: The Legacy of Whitney M.
  • Young, Jr. International Journal of Education and Human Developments. 7 (2), 9-11.
  • Williams, L., Holsey-Hyman, M., Wilson, S.L. (2019). Teaching Social Work Students Financial Literacy to Improve their Financial Decision Making. Journal of Psychology and Mental Health Care, 3(3), 1-3. doi: 10.4172/2167-1044.1000272
  • Wilson S.L., Sellers S., Solomon C., Holsey-Hyman, M. (2017) Exploring the Link Between Black Racial Identity and Mental Health. J Depression Anxiety 6: 272. doi:10.4172/2167-1044.1000272
  • Holsey-Hyman, M. (2015). Perceptions of Retention among Bachelor of Social Work Graduates at a Historically Black College and University (Doctoral dissertation, Walden University).
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