SOUTH BEND -- At its annual luncheon April 21, the South Bend Human Rights Commission plans to honor six local people, businesses or organizations for their contributions to human rights. It also will award scholarships of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 to three high school students.
But the agency first needs nominations of who should be honored. And students are invited to write essays to compete for the scholarships.
All are due April 1.
Adults, businesses or organizations will be considered for awards for their efforts to assure equality. They may be nominated under one of the following categories: housing, employment, education, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Another person will receive a "service award" for going above and beyond his or her normal job, especially someone who doesn't get recognition.
Also, one student (up to high school age) will receive a human rights award, judged on leadership, academics, extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation.
The scholarships require an essay of 500 to 600 words on the topic "Standing up for Diversity." Students should explain what diversity means to them and how they personally have taken a stand for it.
For entry forms and questions about any of these awards, contact Fred Harris at 574-235-9356 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. April 21 at Century Center, 120 S. St. Joseph St. The keynote speaker will be Albert Gutierrez, president and CEO of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center. Tickets cost $35 each. Call 574-235-9356 by April 15 for reservations.
This "Human Rights Awareness Day" will include a fair housing workshop beginning at 8:30 a.m. in Century Center. Admission will be free. It will be led by attorney Merilyn Brown and chief enforcement officer Claudia Nichols, both of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Chicago office. There also will be a panel discussion.