The Human Rights Advisory Committee was created by a Salisbury City Council resolution in 2016. The committee is charged with advising the Mayor on equity and inclusionary strategies that will strengthen connections among diverse communities living within our City. Committee members advocate for citizens on the city, state, and federal levels who have been victims of discrimination and seek to protect the rights and opportunities of all people to be free from all forms of discrimination. The Human Rights Advisory Committee is made up of key stakeholders in the City, along with representatives from the LGBTQ+ community, religious organizations, the disabled community, and from racial and other national minorities. HRAC is proud to sponsor the City of Salisbury Human Rights Award and hope that it serves as a celebration of those who put first the human and civil rights of all residents and who work to prevent prejudice and discrimination in any form.
Eligibility Criteria for City of Salisbury Human Rights Award
- Nominee is an individual, group, business or organization that holds or has assumed a leadership role in activities or programs that advocate for and/or support a transformation of structures and/or attitudes for human rights within the City of Salisbury.
- Individual nominee resides or is employed within the City of Salisbury. Group, business or organization nominee must be Salisbury-based.
- The activities for which the individual, group, business, or organization is nominated can be conducted through employment or on an individual-basis.
- Nominees may not be SELF-nominated.
- Nominees must not be part of a government institution or have an official role within a political party, although the nominee may be affiliated with a political party.
- Nominations must be completed and received by the Human Rights Advisory Committee by the last day of October each year.
- Nominations can be made at the link below and submitted via this website or can be requested from [email protected].
- Nominees that are not selected as recipients remain confidential. There is no public identification of finalists or selected nominees.
- The Human Rights Advisory Committee will screen nomination forms for completeness and will judge nominations based on merit, content, quality of presentation, and focus on the topic and nominee’s activities. Incomplete nomination forms will not be considered.
- Based on the top three recommendations from the Human Rights Advisory Committee, the judging panel comprised of the Mayor, a City Council member, and a Salisbury community leader will vote for and confirm one recipient for the yearly award.
The mission and values of all nominees must be consistent with the following principle:
“Advances the dignity of individuals, groups, and our community by strengthening and supporting those who are advocating for Human Rights and Social Justice and engaging the community in such cause.”
City of Salisbury Human Rights Award