The Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize
Awards of Excellence
Established in 1995, the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize is part of the University of Toronto’s Pinnacle Awards Program, which recognizes exceptional contributions by administrative staff, librarians, faculty members, and students.
Recipients of the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize include a wide variety of individuals who have been recognized for their scholarship, personal service to others, or activities in support of the University of Toronto’s commitment to human rights and equity, diversity, and inclusion. Each recipient receives $1,500.
Nominations can be made in one of two categories:
- Emerging Leader – presented to a current student or administrative staff member (unionized or non-unionized) in active status and in good standing who has consistently made positive and lasting contributions in the areas of scholarship, service to others, and / or action against discrimination; and
- Influential Leader – presented to a faculty member, librarian, or administrative staff member (unionized or non-unionized) in active status and in good standing who has consistently made positive and lasting contributions in the areas of scholarship, service to others, and / or action against discrimination.
The Selection Committee reserves the right to move nominations to a different category if they believe another category reflects a nominee’s contributions more accurately.
Ludwik & Estelle (Stella) Jus were two Polish educators who risked their lives during the Holocaust to rescue Jewish people. This Prize was established in their honour to commemorate their deep belief in the moral value of human beings, irrespective of race, nationality, class, or religion.
Any member of the University of Toronto community can nominate another member of the University community. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Nominees for an Emerging Leader Award must be current students or administrative staff members (union or non-union) who have active status and are in good standing at the University of Toronto.
Nominees for an Influential Leader Award must be faculty members, librarians, or administrative staff members (unionized or non-unionized) who have active status and are in good standing at the University of Toronto.
Past recipients of an Award of Excellence can be nominated for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, provided they meet the eligibility and selection criteria.
Successful nomination packages will demonstrate the nominee’s ability to meet the selection criteria (detailed below) by providing specific examples of their contributions to the University.
An individual can be nominated for only one category of the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize each year.
Emerging Leader Selection Criteria
Evidence of leadership, demonstrated through:
- a commitment to advance the University's mission
- a significant contribution to equity, diversity, and inclusion at the institution. This contribution could be made through any of the following activities: involvement in student organizations; participation on committees (student committees and / or University committees); organization of special events, conferences, etc.; involvement in advocacy groups; and / or involvement in volunteer organizations on campus and/or in the general community and / or
- an exceptional commitment to and engagement with a particular issue of social justice, community, and / or community organization. Such community activism can take place on or off campus.
Please note: Nominees who are not engaged in scholarly or academic work must have made a lasting contribution in ways that exceed their normal work or study requirements.
Nominees for this category cannot be a past recipient of any Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Leadership Prize.
Influential Leader Selection Criteria
Evidence of leadership, demonstrated through:
- rich and meaningful contributions at an institutional, community, and / or system level that promote and support equity, diversity, and inclusion within the institution
- a commitment to advance the University's mission,
- promoting and supporting equity, diversity and inclusion within the institution, and / or
- exceptional scholarly work (which may or may not be connected to the Holocaust), including individual publications, doctoral studies in relevant areas, or lifetime achievements.
Please note: Nominees who are not engaged in scholarly or academic work must have made a lasting contribution in ways that exceed their normal job requirements.
Nominees for this category cannot be a past recipient of a Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Leadership Prize – Influential Leader.
The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, January 5, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).
A complete nomination package for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize must include the following:
- The completed nomination form;
- A draft citation for the nominee that we can publicize if the nomination is successful;
- A cover letter from the nominator;
- The complete curriculum vitae for the candidate;
- One letter from the nominee’s supervisor or department head indicating that the nominee is in good standing;
- Three letters of support from colleagues / peers / students.
- Please note: a letter of support signed by multiple individuals counts as one letter towards the total.
In nomination and supporting letters for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, nominators must identify, as specifically as possible, how the candidate has consistently exceeded the expectations of their position or program of study.
Letters should specifically address and illustrate one or more of the above selection criteria and indicate the following:
- The nominee’s distinction and / or dedication to their division or the institution more broadly,
- The level of responsibility related to the scope of accomplishments by the candidate, and
- The nominee’s dedication to the University’s principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
No, please do not submit more than the required number of documents / letters. The Selection Committee will not consider supplementary documents.
Please submit applications electronically to the Employee Recognition & Engagement Team of the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture. This team will administer the selection process for the Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize on behalf of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA).
All letters of support are confidential; only the members of the Selection Committee will view them. Those who wish to view the letters for publicity or information purposes must first obtain permission from the individual(s) who wrote the letter. Once submitted, all application / nomination materials become the property of the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture and cannot be returned to either the nominator or the applicant.
The nominator is responsible for ensuring that nomination packages are complete. The Selection Committee will not consider incomplete nomination packages.
Nominations may be resubmitted for up to three consecutive years. A new nomination form and nomination letter must accompany each resubmission. The nominator is responsible for contacting all previous supporters for permission to carry forward letters of support.
Unsuccessful nominations exceeding the three-year limit may be resubmitted after a one-year hiatus, provided a new package is assembled. The nominator is responsible for retaining copies of the complete nomination package for future reference or resubmissions.
The Selection Committee, chaired by the Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture or their designate, will include:
- The Assistant Vice-President, University Human Resources or their designate,
- The Executive Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion or their designate, and
- Request for participation from past recipients of the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.
Members of the Selection Committee will review the nomination packages and the award criteria in advance of the meeting date. At the meeting, committee members will discuss each nomination package and select deserving recipient(s).
The Selection Committee is empowered to recognize multiple recipients in any award category. Successful recipients will be chosen based on the application and the demonstrated impact of the nominee. The Selection Committee can also choose not to present the award or an award category.
Please contact the Employee Recognition & Engagement Team if you have questions about the program or need assistance developing your nomination.