The Iowa City Human Rights Commission will award six people at its 32nd Annual Awards Breakfast later this month to recognize their efforts on behalf of human rights. Award winners are:

  • Charlie Eastham: the Isabel Turner Award for work for fair and ethical treatment and/or volunteering time to an organization or business that works for these rights;
  • Stephanie Van Housen: the Rick Graf Award for long-term commitment to a specific cause or for the benefit of a specific group of persons;
  • RaQuishia Harrington: The Linda Severson Award for contributions to human rights by an individual in a service organization;
  • Sally Scott (Johnson County Affordable Homes Coalition): the Bill Reagan Business / Community Award for contributions to human rights by a business or organization;
  • Eli S. Shepherd: the Kenneth Cmiel Award for contributions to the field of human rights by a college student and/or graduate student;
  • Heather Shank: the Lifetime Achievement Award. This award, which has been renamed the “Heather L. Shank Lifetime Achievement Award,” will be given posthumously. Shank, who died in August of this year, served as the City of Iowa City Human Rights Coordinator from 1994 to 2005 and was widely known for her work on behalf of human rights.

The Annual Awards Breakfast will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N. Madison Street. Breakfast will be available starting at 7:15 a.m., with the program starting promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Tickets to the event are $20 per person and are now on sale at the Cashier’s Desk in City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. To use a credit card, call 319-356-5066. A limited number of reduced-price tickets are available by calling 319-356-5022. No tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, visit or call 319-356-5022.

Date of publication

Friday, October 09, 2015