Advancing One Community Award recipients honored Jan. 21

Recipients of the 2016 Advancing One Community Awards will be honored Jan. 21 (3:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Sun Room) during the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation. All are invited to attend.

Since 2006, Iowa State has honored students, groups and faculty or staff members who demonstrate a commitment to King's principles and goals to create an inclusive multicultural community, and to reduce injustice and inequity at Iowa State. Winners receive a $500 stipend and a plaque. This year's recipients are:

  • Jazmin Murguia, a senior in journalism and mass communication, serves as the director of student diversity for ISU Student Government. She also is an active member of Latinos United for Change/Students Against Bigotry and has participated in the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) project. She serves other students as both a formal and informal mentor.
  • Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, specifically for women in politics. She has worked to build the Catt Center; convened Iowa State's cross-unit planning team on multicultural, diversity and women's activities; and served as part of the Women's Leadership Consortium. Her record of research, publication and service is extensive.
  • The Black Student Alliance (BSA), established in 1968, serves as a voice for the issues and concerns of students of African descent through educational, political, community service and social programs. BSA is involved in cross-campus collaboration, community service, innovation and community building. The group organizes campus-wide events and creates opportunities for students to regularly gather for community building, and to discuss critical issues in the black community.

Nominations for next year's Advancing One Community Award recipients will be accepted in the fall. More information about the awards, including eligibility requirements and past winners, is available online.