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Gonzaga offers $500 prize to person or organization countering hatred

Gonzaga University Center for the Study of Hate (GCSH) invites nominations for the Eva Lassman ‘Take Action Against Hate’ Awards, highlighting individuals and organizations working to counter hatred by addressing racism, religious bigotry, sexism or homophobia.

  • Who: Anyone may nominate an individual or an organization working to counter hatred in any of its forms, regardless of geographic location. Self-nominations are accepted.
  • What: A $500 prize is awarded to the winner in each category
  • When: Nomination deadline is July 31
  • Where: Nomination forms can be found online

For more than 10 years, in honor of the life and memory of Holocaust survivor and educator Eva Lassman, GCSH has presented the annual Eva Lassman ‘Take Action Against Hate’ Awards to one individual and one organization – whether local or global – for their work to counter hatred in any of its manifestations. Notable recipients include individuals such as Eva Lassman (inaugural), Kenneth S. Stern of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate, and Rev. Happy Watkins of the Spokane New Hope Baptist Church. Organizational recipients include the International Network for Hate Studies, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, World Outside My Shoes.

Winners of the 2022 TAAH awards will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Spokane on Nov 10. When making nominations, please consider these criteria for the award:

  • Individual or organization must demonstrate a commitment to both action and awarenessbuilding 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.

Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of FāVS.News, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.


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