Patricia (Patty) Richardson Hymes

Patricia (Patty) Richardson Hymes

Patricia (Patty) Richardson Hymes was honored to be a member of Cohort VII. She was a first generation college graduate originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands. She lived in Buena Park with her husband of 13 years and their teenage son. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, emphasis in Public Relations and Afro Ethnic Studies and a Masters of Education in Higher Education from Cal State Fullerton.

She had experience working in University Outreach, Federal TRIO Programs, Vice President for Student Affairs Office and the Career Center. She had strong event planning and programming background that served her well in her role as the Coordinator for Tours & Information Services at Cal State Fullerton. In addition, she was very active both as a mentor and as a workshop presenter with various on-campus clubs, organizations and departments.

Patty’s passion was to serve students and to provide them with the most well rounded college experience possible. She looked forward to furthering her knowledge and understanding of access and social justice from faculty who are experts in the field. Her hope was to learn from her classmates’ experiences and she was looking to them for support as she navigated her new educational and professional journey.


The Patricia Richardson Hymes Scholarship was established by her cohort mate, Dr. Rosa Heckenberg, and supported by the Heckenberg family, along with other members of Cohort VII, and Patty’s colleagues. The scholarship is for students in the doctoral program whose research impacts the Black community, of students and administrators.