Nominations are now being sought for Iowa City’s 2015 Human Rights Awards. Individuals, businesses, or organizations whose ongoing work, service, or contributions have positively impacted Human Rights either locally or abroad may be nominated in the following categories:

  • 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 rights;
  • 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 student and/or graduate student

A flyer for the event and award nomination forms are available under the “Forms, brochures and upcoming events” tab at The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, Oct. 2.

Awards will be presented at the 32nd Annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 28 beginning at 7:15 a.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the University of Iowa Memorial Union at 125 N. Madison Street in Iowa City.

Orville H. Townsend, Sr., an adjunct lecturer in the University of Iowa’s Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education, as well as a member of the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and Iowa City Community School Board, will deliver the keynote address, “Racism: A Community Puzzle.” Another special event scheduled as part of the annual breakfast will be the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to the late Heather L. Shank, former Human Rights Coordinator for the City of Iowa City.

Tickets for the event are $20 per person and are now available for purchase in the Revenue Office at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street, or by calling 319-356-5022. To purchase with a credit card, call 319-356-5066. The deadline to buy tickets is Friday, October 23.

For more information, contact Stefanie Bowers, Iowa City Human Rights Coordinator, at 319-356-5022 or e-mail

Date of publication

Wednesday, August 05, 2015