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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 have included 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 the values of human rights, 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 more accurately reflects a nominee’s contributions.

Who were Ludwik and Estelle Jus?

Ludwik & Estelle (Stella) Jus were two Polish educators who risked their lives during the Holocaust to rescue Jewish people. This Human Rights Prize was established in memory of their deep beliefs in the moral value of human beings, irrespective of race, nationality, class, or religion.

Who can submit a nomination for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize?

Any member of the University of Toronto community can nominate another member of the University community, provided the nominee meets the eligibility criteria for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Whom can I nominate for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize?

An individual can be nominated for only one category of the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize each year.

Past recipients of an Award of Excellence can be nominated for the Ludwik & Estelle Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize, provided they meet the eligibility criteria.

Successful nomination packages will provide examples and details about the specific contribution(s) that the nominee has made to the University in accordance with the criteria below.

Emerging Leader Selection Criteria

Evidence of leadership, demonstrated through:

  • a commitment to advance the institutional vision, mission, and values
  • 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;
  • 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.

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 institutional vision, mission, and values
  • Promoting and supporting equity, diversity and inclusion within the institution
  • exceptional scholarly work (which may or may not be connected to the Holocaust), including individual publications, outstanding student work, including 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.

 

What is the nomination deadline?

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, January 6, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

What nomination materials must I assemble?

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.
    • 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.

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.

Please see our guide “How to Write an Impactful Award Nomination for additional details.

May I include additional material?

No, please do not submit more than the required number of documents / letters. The Selection Committee will not consider supplementary documents.

Where do I send the nomination package?

Please submit applications electronically to the Employee Recognition & Engagement Team of the Division of People Strategy, Equity & Culture. This team will be administering the selection process for the Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize  on behalf of the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA).

 

Who will view the letters of support? Can I have them returned to me?

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.

 

What if I have not received all the necessary documents or letters by the deadline?

It is the responsibility of the nominator to ensure that nomination packages are complete. The Selection Committee will not consider incomplete nomination packages.

 

What is the procedure for resubmitting a nomination from a previous year?

Nominations may be resubmitted for up to three consecutive years. Each resubmission must be accompanied by a new nomination form and nomination letter. 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.

What is the adjudication process?

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 Jus Memorial Human Rights Prize.

The committee will meet in Winter 2023 to select 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. Committee members will discuss each nomination package and select deserving recipient(s) at the meeting.

Whom should I contact if I need further information?

Please contact the Employee Recognition & Engagement Team if you have questions about the program or need assistance in developing your nomination.

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