What if MSU could offer more productive partnerships with nonprofits which meet the greatest needs in our community, while further engaging students in learning and engagement through service?  That's exactly the question that Leadership Institute director, Carmen McSpadden, asked when devising this program. Boardroom Bobcats, which places upper level undergraduate and graduate students on nonprofit boards to serve as non-voting members for the academic year, launched in August 2016.

The mission of Boardroom Bobcats is to develop students to become catalysts for change who seek life-long commitments to community involvement and board service, creating value and lasting impact for nonprofit organizations and the greater community.  As a reciprocal partnership, nonprofits gain insights and a fresh perspective from MSU students while training future board leaders.  Students gain practical boardroom experience, familiarity with the nonprofit sector, mentee opportunities and lifelong leadership skills.

The program consists of regular attendance of students at board meetings and complementary leadership trainings in nonprofit board work coordinated by the Leadership Institute.

For the 2019-2020 academic year, the following MSU students were paired with the boards of the nonprofits listed next to their names:

Ashley Meyer; Sacajawea Audubon Society

Coryn Johnson; MSU Outreach and Engagement Council

Callie Kazakoff; Bozeman Schools Foundation

Graham Hughs; Eagle Mount

Nathaniel Camaret; University of the Yellowstone Initiative

Nick Dreyer; Warriors and Quiet Waters

Nicolena Boucher; Bozeman Film Society

Olive Cruikshank Duquin; Heart of the Valley

Spencer Benjamin; Montana Aquatic Resources Services