This award is given to a student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and involvement, and belongs to an underrepresented identity group including Black and African-American students, Indigenous and American Indian/Alaska Native students, Hispanic and Latinx students, LGBTQ+ students, non-traditional students, students with disabilities, and students from other underrepresented cultural, racial, and religious identities.
The Spirit Activism Award is given to a student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and community involvement, demonstrating these characteristics through their achievements and work towards social justice.
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2021 Diversity Awards!
Spirit Outstanding Student Award
Recognizes a current student at Montana State University who embodies leadership, citizenship, and involvement and also identifies as a member of an underrepresented minority group
Awarded to Holly Old Crow
Holly is graduating with a degree in Criminology and minor in Native Studies. She is currently the 2020-21 American Indian Council President, an American Indian Scholars Program leader, a McNair Research Scholar, and mostimportantly a mother. She had the opportunity to spearhead the AIC online auction fundraiser bringing in approximately $7000 worth of product and monetary donations. Holly has created connections with major funding organizations in an effort to bring more support and resources to the American Indian Council and Indigenous Students at MSU.
Spirit Activism Award
Recognizes a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and community involvement, demonstrating these characteristics through their achievements and work towards social justice
Awarded to Olivia Jakabosky
Olivia is a sophomore majoring in Conservation Biology and Ecology with minors in Sociology and Global Studies. She is a Cameron Presidential, Udall, and Garden Club of America Scholar. Olivia initiated MSU's first Pan-Asian Student Interracial Association to not only foster a close-knit cultural community butto also increase the awareness of the diversity of Asian cultures for both heritage and non-heritage students.She hasalso addressed environmental issues asan HonorsCollege Presents Program Coordinator byfacilitating a lecture with National Geographic photojournalist, Ami Vitale,whoshared a globalenvironmental perspectivewith the Bozeman community.