(2011-2012 HR#12) Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Date:  October 19, 2011
To: PDAD&C; Professional and Managerial Staff
From: Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity
Re: Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

When we speak of human rights and of those experiencing discrimination, you would not be alone if your thoughts turned to those times and places where these struggles gripped the headlines.

In truth, ending discrimination requires ongoing commitment and universities are well positioned to play a unique role in this regard. Within the University of Toronto, we constantly strive to make our community an exemplary model of equity and diversity.

I am proud of the work we’ve achieved, and also pleased with the recognition we’ve received as one of Canada’s Top Diversity employers.

Nevertheless, much remains to be done and it is for this reason that we must acknowledge and celebrate those individuals in the U of T community who rise above and have made a lasting and positive contribution.

Nomination forms are now available for the Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. I encourage you all to look at those students, staff or faculty in your divisions and put forth your nominations today. Award details, including selection criteria and the application form are now available. The deadline for nomination submissions is Monday, January 16, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Submissions are to be sent to the attention of Rosalyn Figov, Director, Operations & Finance, Office of the Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity at rosalyn.figov@utoronto.ca.

Should you have any questions about the award, or the submission process, please contact your HR Divisional Office. Please note that support in preparing nominations is available to Division Heads.

About the Award

The Ludwik and Estelle (Stella) Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize was established in 1995 in memory of two Polish educators who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save others. The award is presented to a faculty, staff or student member of the University who has made a positive and lasting contribution to education and action against discrimination, supporting the University’s mission to realize an exemplary degree of equity and diversity and to extend our knowledge as a consequence of our diversity.

The award recipient will receive a prize of up to $1500 and will be honoured at the Awards of Excellence ceremony.

Selection Criteria

In making its decision, the Selection Committee will take into account the number of areas in which the nominee rates among the following criteria (not listed in any order of priority or importance):

  • Scholarly work, including individual publications, outstanding student work, including doctoral studies in relevant areas, or lifetime achievements. In particular, scholarly, academic or other work connected with the Holocaust will qualify for consideration.
  • Organization of programs and other activities related to non-discrimination. Nominees who are not engaged in scholarly or academic work must have made a lasting contribution in ways that exceed their normal job requirements.