The Spirit Outstanding 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.
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 2018 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 Shriyansh Kothari, nominated by Recreational Sports & Fitness staff
Shriyansh Kothari is a graduate student from India who is preparing to graduate with his Master's in Computer Science in May 2018. As a graduate student, Shriyansh has been extremely involved during his time at MSU, working as a Peer Educator and advocate with the VOICE Center, Communications Director for the Compassion Project, Graduate Assistant with the Graduate School, and Web Editor with the Fitness Center and Outdoor Recreation. His open-mindedness, work ethic, and passion for social justice make him an outstanding leader, ambassador, and change agent.
Spirit Activism Award: Recognizes a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and community involvement, demonstrating these characteristics through his/her achievements and work towards social justice.
- Awarded to Terry Bradley, nominated by Jioanna Carjuzaa and Rita Sand
- Terry Bradley is a senior majoring in Elementary Education with a Science Option and
is from Huntley, Montana. He has given presentations on his experience and research
at statewide and international conferences. Terry has committed a large portion of
his time at MSU to creating social change through his involvement with important programs.
He is the student advisor of the Society of INdigenous Educators, a McNair Scholar,
ASMSU's first Student Director of Diversity and Inclusion, a Sustained Dialogue moderator,
a Safe Zone trainer, and a peer mentor. Terry uses his exceptional understanding of
inclusion and diversity to advance equity and social justice in all that he does.