Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Awards

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each January the Iowa State University community observes the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a campus-wide celebration and the recognition of individuals and groups who have followed the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Advancing One Community Awards, coordinated by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, recognize recipients' efforts to create an inclusive university community that embraces justice and equity. Awards are presented annually in January as part of the university's Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

Purpose: Recipients of the Advancing One Community Award will have demonstrated commitment to the principles and goals of Dr. King over a sustained period of time through nonviolent actions to create an inclusive multicultural community and/or to bring about systemic change aimed at reducing injustice and inequity at Iowa State University.

Up to three awards may be awarded in the categories of faculty/staff, student and/or group, each with a $500 stipend.  Those previously nominated for an award may be reconsidered upon the request of the nominator.

Eligibility: Any current member of the ISU community (student, faculty or staff) or any campus group or organization.

  • Students:
    • Student recipient should have a 2.5 cumulative GPA the semester prior to the receipt of the award; and a record of demonstrated commitment to improving the campus climate for members of underrepresented groups.
  • Faculty/Staff:
    • Record of demonstrated commitment to improving the campus climate for members of underrepresented groups; and scholarship, research, teaching, or program development which has effectively promoted the cause of social justice on campus.
  • Campus Organizations:
    • Record of demonstrated commitment to improving the campus climate for members of underrepresented groups; must be an organization in good standing with the Student Activities Center.

Timeline: Nominations are due November 10 and can be submitted here.

Nominations: Nominations should include the following:

  1. a nomination letter of no more than two pages
  2. up to three letters of support
  3. a résumé or CV for an individual
  4. brief description of the organization/group (for group award only)

Review: Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of students, staff and faculty appointed by the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion. Recipients will be notified by December 8.

Past winners: A list of past award winners is available at MLK Jr. Advancing One Community Award Past Winners