Social Justice Awards
The City of Holland Human Relations Commission's annual Social Justice Awards recognize individuals and organizations who exemplify the virtues of social justice by promoting equal opportunity and equal access for all residents in the areas of Housing, Education, Employment, and Government/Community Relations. The Social Justice Awards also has a Youth category for students age 13-19; winners in this category are determined by the Holland Youth Advisory Council (HYAC).
The Holland Human Relations Commission (HRC) presented the 2020 Social Justice Awards and the 2020 Youth Social Justice Award at City Hall on Wednesday, January 15th. Watch the video compilation of the awards presentation here.
NOMINATIONS for 2021 SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARDS due NOVEMBER 12, 2021.
These awards recognize individuals and organizations that are moving the needle toward removing barriers, providing opportunities and access for all residents. Now more than ever we are called to work together for the greater good of our world. We must work diligently without rest to address inequity and prejudice in our world.
- Dave Hoekstra, Holland City Council Member and liaison to the Human Relations Commission
The 2020 Social Justice Award Recipients
YOUTH SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD: Isaiah Reynolds for advocating for racial justice and educating others about racial inequity while modeling excellence, integrity, and acceptance of others.
EMPLOYMENT: Gentex Corporation for opening their doors to the diversity, equity and inclusion in our community by recruiting and training employees for Spanish-speaking OEC final assembly lines.
EDUCATION: Ottawa Community Schools Network for collaborative leadership and their practices to integrate student supports, promote active family and community engagement, and expand enriched learning time and opportunities.
GOVERNMENT/COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Sara Van Tongeren, Reverend Jennifer Adams, Jeff Sorensen, and Out on the Lakeshore for leading the efforts to pass the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance with mutually respectful collaboration between local government, community members, and local stakeholders.
HOUSING: COVID-19 Eviction Diversion Task Force consisting of the 58th District Court, Good Samaritan Ministries, and Legal Aid of Western Michigan for their spirit of collaboration to provide eviction diversion services to vulnerable tenants and landlords in our community.