The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for its 38th Annual Human Rights Awards.

Do you know any local heroes who have gone above and beyond in the past year to make Iowa City a better place to live? From an isolating and devastating pandemic, a history-making derecho, to a time of unmeasurable civil unrest and pain, we know that many have stepped up and been involved in grassroots efforts to improve the condition of our community for the people who live here. Please take this opportunity to help us shine a light on those who make a difference and celebrate their efforts.

The following awards are intended for individuals, businesses, or organizations whose ongoing work, service, or contributions have positively impacted Human Rights either locally or abroad. Nominations may be submitted in the following categories:

The Isabel Turner Award: For working for the rights of individuals to get fair and ethical treatment and/or volunteering time to an organization or business that works for these.

Rick Graf Award: For long-term commitment of an individual, business, or individual with a service organization, to a specific cause or for the benefit of a specific group of persons.

Linda Severson Award: For outstanding contributions to human rights by an individual in a service organization.

International Award: For significant contributions to human rights in the global community.

Bill Reagan Business/Community Award: For outstanding contributions to human rights by a business or organization.

Kenneth Cmiel Award: For active contributions to the field of human rights by a college or graduate student.

How to Submit a Nomination

Nominations can be submitted online. Nominations are open until Thursday, Sept. 30, 2021.

The Awards Ceremony

The awards will be presented on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 in a small ceremony at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City.

Date of publication

Monday, September 20, 2021