Submission Deadline: Extended to August 20th
Each year, in honor of the life and memory of Holocaust survivor and educator Eva Lassman the Gonzaga Center for the Study of Hate presents the Eva Lassman ‘Take Action Against Hate’ Awards. One individual and one organization are recognized annually for their work to counter hatred in any of its forms. Recipients are honored with a $500 award and are recognized at the Spokane Human Rights Champions Gala, hosted by the Spokane County Human Rights Task Force and the City of Spokane Human Rights Commission.
- Must be either an individual or an organization working to counter hatred in the local, national, or global community. Examples of hate being addressed might include racism, religious bigotry, sexism, hatred toward LGBTQ community, etc.
- Individual or organization must demonstrate a commitment to both action and awareness-building within their community (whether local, national, or global).
- Emphasis will be placed on outcomes and impact of the individual’s or organization’s work.
- Nominee can be located in any part of the world and be of any age.
- Must be nominated using the provided form, including a letter of recommendation. Self-nominations are acceptable.
- Nominees will only be considered in the year that they were nominated. Nominations that are not selected are invited to re-apply.
- Nomination period extended to August 20
Recipients will be notified on or by September 8. The selection committee reserves the right to require interviews, if deemed necessary.Eva Lassman Take Action Against Hate Awards Nomination Form
Questions about the selection process can be directed to Rachelle Strawther, current Chair of the TAAH Awards.
- Travis McAdam, Montana Human Rights Network (Individual)
- Naghmana Sherazi and Karen Stromgren, Muslims for Community Action and Support (Organization)
- Rowena Pineda and Pui-Yan Lam, past co-chairs of the Asian Pacific Island Coalition of Spokane (Individual)
- European Centre for the Study of Hate, Co-Directors, Dr. Amanda Haynes and Dr. Jennifer Schweppe (Organization)
- Leslie McAuley, Whitworth Office of Church Engagement Coordinator of Reconciliation Calling Community (Individual)
- Spokane County Human Rights Task Force, Dean Lynch, President (Organization)
- Jordan Tyrus Reidt, Western Washington University (Individual)
- The Spokesman Review, Stacey Cowles, Publisher; Rob Curley, Editor (Organization)
- Ken S. Stern, J.D., Executive Director of the Justus & Karin Rosenberg Foundation (Individual)
- International Network for Hate Studies, Directors Mark Walters, University of Sussex and Jennifer Schweppe, University of Limerick (Organization)
- Rev. Happy Watkins, New Hope Baptist Church (Individual)
- Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations (Organization)
- Mary Stamp, Editor, The Fig Tree (Individual)
- Partners with Families and Children, Spokane (Organization)
- Dr. Raymond Reyes, Associate Academic Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Gonzaga University (Individual)
- Human Rights Education Institute, Coeur d' Alene, Idaho (Organization)
2009 Take Action Against Hate Award Inaugural Recipient