Minnesota State Community and Technical College students Augustine Muhitira and Haroon Al Hayder were honored April 19 with the Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents’ Student Leadership Award.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of colleges and universities that works to advance civic and community engagement. The awards were presented in a luncheon at Hamline University in St. Paul.
Also honored by Campus Compact were Lakes Country Service Cooperative, which was awarded the Presidents’ Community Partner Award, and M State’s Equity and Inclusion Professional Development Team, which received the Presidents’ Civic Engagement Steward Award.
Student Leadership Award
Muhitira, of Fargo, and Al Hayder, of Moorhead, are enrolled in the Associate of Arts degree program on M State’s Moorhead campus. Both are members of the campus Diversity Committee and have advocated for affordable textbooks and worked to create a welcoming environment on campus, in part through creation of an interfaith meditation space.
Civic Engagement Steward Award
The M State Equity and Inclusion Professional Development Team was represented at the awards ceremony by Director of Student Development Services Nancy South, Director of Housing and Residential Life Victoria McWane-Creek and Dean of Academic Quality and Support Angela Mathers.
The Civic Engagement Steward Award recognizes teams or individuals that have significantly advanced the distinctive civic mission of their campus. The equity team developed a three-day professional development series for all M State employees entitled Voices, Values, and Vision that focused on equity and inclusion
Community Partner Award
The Community Partner Award recognizes community-based organizations that have enhanced the quality of life in their community and engaged in developing partnerships with a college or university. Lakes County is an education service cooperative based in Fergus Falls and serving a nine-county region. The cooperative is a long-standing partner with the college and was represented at the luncheon by Troy Haugen, LCSC career & technical education coordinator, and Josh Nelson, manager of education services at LCSC.