Launching the 2024 Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

I am pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2024 Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. The award was established in 1995 in memory of two Polish educators who risked their lives during the Holocaust to rescue Jewish people. Ludwik & Estelle Jus believed deeply in the moral value of human beings, irrespective of race, nationality, class, or religion.

Two categories of this award are presented annually to individuals who have consistently made positive and lasting contributions that support human rights and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Any University of Toronto community member can nominate an individual for the award. I encourage you to read the award category criteria below and share it with your colleagues beyond your division. For more information, please visit the Awards of Excellence website.

Influential Leader Criteria

U of T faculty members, librarians, and staff who have:

  • made meaningful contributions at an institutional, community, and / or system level
  • shown leadership through outstanding scholarly work and / or made a lasting contribution in ways that exceed their job requirements

Emerging Leader Criteria

U of T students and staff who have:

  • demonstrated a commitment to the advancement of the institutional vision, mission, and values
  • made a significant contribution to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the institution through on- or off-campus activities

Nomination Details

Nominations for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize can be submitted directly to the Employee Recognition & Engagement Team until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024.

Complete details about both award categories, including program criteria, eligibility & submission guidelines, and the nomination form, are available on the Awards of Excellence website.


Please contact the Employee Recognition & Engagement Team.