This award is given to a student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and involvement, and belongs to an underrepresented minority group including the LGBTQIA community, Native American students, African-American students, and students from underrepresented cultural, racial, or religious identities.

Award Criteria:

Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominees), students, university departments, and units. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of emerging or sustained commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism by documented efforts that are above and beyond the routine.
  • Leadership – Recognizing individuals who are leaders though influence and example, inspiring those around them and contributing to their communities and the university. (Not solely confined to traditional definitions of leadership.)
  • Achievement – Accomplishments both in and outside of the classroom, not GPA. For example, a student could have demonstrated excellence through an outreach project or through research that illuminated an important issue within the community.
  • Citizenship – Students who have made important contributions that benefit the entire university community. Their work has transcended organizational boundaries. They have fostered cooperation and collaboration between the university and its constituents to better serve the campus community. These individuals have committed their time and energy to working with others to improve and enhance MSU as a whole.
  • Involvement in the community demonstrating investment and engagement within MSU’s community and beyond.

Instructions for Submitting Nominations:

    • The nomination deadline is March 6, 2018.
    • Complete and submit a Diversity Award NOMINATION FORM. Use a separate Nomination Form for each nominee.
    • Make sure that the contact information is accurate and complete.
    • Please specify whether the nomination is for the Spirit Outstanding Student Award or the Spirit Activism Award.
    • A nomination statement should be attached to this form and should not exceed two pages. The nomination statement should specifically identify the individual's contributions and accomplishments.
    • Letters of support:
      • A minimum of one letter of support (in addition to the nomination statement) is required for the nomination. Up to three letters of support may be submitted. One of the letters of support should be from a supervisor, department chair, center director, or dean.


Completed nomination packets should be submitted to:

Diversity Awards Selection Committee 
c/o Ariel Donohue 
Diversity & Inclusion Student Commons
SUB 286 
Phone: 406-994-5801