Launching the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize

Nominations are now open for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. This award is presented annually to recognize up to two individuals—one influential leader and one emerging leader—who have consistently made positive and lasting contributions that support human rights and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The Ludwik and Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize was established in 1995 in memory of two Polish educators who risked their lives to rescue Jewish people during the Holocaust. They believed deeply in the moral value of human beings, irrespective of race, nationality, class, or religion.

Influential Leader Criteria

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

Please read the full award criteria for both categories on the Awards of Excellence website and share with colleagues beyond your division.

Any member of the University of Toronto community can nominate an individual for the award.

Nomination Details

Submit any nominations to the Recognition & Engagement Team before the deadline, 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2022.

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


Please contact the Recognition & Engagement Team.