Tom Oye Award

The Edina Human Rights & Relations Commission is seeking nominations for its annual Tom Oye Human Rights Award. This award will honor the late Tom Oye and other members of the Edina community whose good works promote human relations and advance human rights.

Submit a nomination here.


Applications must be received by Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Applications will be reviewed by the Human Rights & Relations Commission. The Commission may decline to make an award if, in its view, no nominee meets the criteria. The award will be presented at a City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 4.

History


Edina's Human Rights Award was established in recognition of the late Tom Oye, a second generation Japanese American who served as a Nisei solder in World War II in the 100th Infantry Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, and who was a founding member of the City's Human Rights and Relations Commission. In 2003, Oye received the Prize for Humanity by the Immortal Chaplains Foundation


Eligibility


Individuals or groups who live, study or work in Edina, or who make significant contributions to Edina, are eligible for the Tom Oye Human Rights Award.


Evaluation


Nominees are evaluated based on their efforts to foster respect and dignity for others, model courage and / or compassion in the advancement of human rights, and demonstrate leadership by example for improving human relations and / or advancing human rights. The definition of human rights has evolved to include: freedom from discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, marital status, disability, status with regard to public assistance, familial status or national origin.

For additional information or to request a paper nomination form, contact Project Coordinator MJ Lamon at mlamon@edinamn.gov.