Jazmin Murguia, senior in journalism and mass communication, has been selected as a recipient of Iowa State University’s 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Advancing One Community Award.
Jazmin serves as the director of student diversity for ISU Student Government, 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 also serves as both a formal and informal mentor for other students.
"It was an honor, truly, to nominate Jazmin Murguia for this award," said Greenlee School Director Michael Bugeja. “She was instrumental in organizing a capacity crowd at the Great Hall last semester, for an open and public discussion about bias at Iowa State. She used the First Amendment to get across her views, and she did so in a manner that was a model for other universities dealing with similar issues.
“Jazmin deserved this award not only because of her courage and conviction, but because she was able to touch the consciences of her teachers, peers and public. She is a courageous, zealous, ethical woman who will change the world."
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.
Murguia will be honored alongside the two other 2016 recipients—Dianne Bystrom, director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women in Politics and The Black Student Alliance— at Jan. 21 (3:30 p.m., Memorial Union, Sun Room) during the Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Convocation. All are invited to attend.