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Mateo Olmos Receives Prestigious Honor At Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Jan 18, 2022

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State wrestler Aaron "Mateo" Olmos received the prestigious Frances Dancy Hooks Award Monday at the 40th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on the Oregon State campus.
A public health major, Olmos is active in many campus student organizations, including as a member of Kappa Alpha Si, DAM Change and the Black Student Union. He's also worked at the Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center. He's been active in the community, leading ongoing efforts to end systemic racism by sharing his experience as a Black-Mexican American. He has been involved in local and national marches.
"Winning an award is always humbling," Olmos said. "You don't always realized how you're impacting people when you do it. So it is rewarding to know that my work and my passion is actually having a positive impact on others.
"However, on a day like MLK Day, I still spend my time reflecting on the work that my predecessors have done. Martin Luther King Jr. gave up the ultimate sacrifice – his life. It reminds me to continue the good fight in his name and the name of so many other martyrs who have died for the cause. It makes me consider what I am willing to sacrifice in my own life. I am grateful for the award but I can not be satisfied. I am obligated to keep pushing forward."
Oregon State established the honor shortly after civil rights activist Frances Dancy Hooks and her husband, Dr. Ben Hooks, the former president of the NAACP, delivered the Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration keynote address in 1994.
The honor is open to students, staff and faculty who:
- Lead actions to advance diversity.
- Show actions and behaviors consistent with "Walking the Talk".
- Demonstrate an ability to build cross-cultural bridges.
- Demonstrate a willingness to take risks when promoting diversity.
- Promote cultural diversity activities as a sharing, caring and educational endeavor, and not for personal gain.
Oregon State Athletics strives to Build Excellent Authentic Visionary Student-Athletes (Go BEAVS).