Student leaders across the country are making substantial social change from the comfort of their campuses. Students like St. Olaf student, Katie Barnes, are taking community action to a whole other level.
OUTmedia and Campus Pride named St. Olaf student, Katie Barnes, one of two national recipients of the Campus Pride Voice and Action Student Leader Award.
This award, the only one of its kind, honors undergraduate students like Barnes who create substantial change for LGBT and ally issues within their campuses, but most importantly, within their local communities such as Northfield.
“The talent and commitment to the movement shown by all the applicants is the reason Campus Pride developed this national honor,” said Voice & Action Award Committee Chair Christopher Bylone. “[Barnes has] gone above the call of duty expected of any student leader in our movement.”
Not only is Barnes a triple major in History, Russian Studies, and American Studies, she serves as the president of the St. Olaf Queer Support & Outreach Honor House and worked to help defeat the proposed anti-marriage equality amendment in the state of Minnesota.
For Barnes, this award means more than each of these individual feats combined.
"The work I have done does not belong to me alone, rather it is the collection of our motivation and spirits that come together to create change within our campus and Northfield community," said Barnes.