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City Seeks Nominations for 2018 Thong Hy Huynh Awards

Nominations due by Friday March 9, 2018.

Post Date:February 07, 2018 2:31 p.m.

The City of Davis Human Relations Commission is seeking nominations for this year's Thong Hy Huynh Memorial Awards. The award was established to acknowledge the racially motivated stabbing death of high school student Thong Hy Huynh on the Davis Senior High School campus in 1983.

Mayor Robb Davis states “The Thong Hy Huynh Award honors community members and local organizations whose actions exemplify the goals of diversity, community, social justice and equal rights. The City Council, along with the Human Relations Commission, looks forward to recognizing groups and individuals with achievements in these areas and acknowledging their contributions to bettering our community.”

The Commission encourages groups and individuals to submit award nominations prior to the deadline of Friday, March 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations may be submitted in any of the following five categories:

  1. Lifetime Achievement
    Awarded for significant civil rights efforts over a long period of time while improving the quality of life in Davis.  The recipient may be an individual or community organization that has promoted positive human relations in the community.
  2. Young Humanitarian
    Awarded to an individual in grades K-16 (elementary through undergraduate or equivalent) for significant efforts in improving the quality of life in Davis.  Nominees have directly addressed the needs of specific groups within the community in the areas of human or civil rights or education.
  3. Civil Rights Advocacy
    Awarded to an individual or organization for significant efforts and achievement in any of the following areas:
    • Speaking on behalf of, and giving voice to, the disadvantaged and disempowered.
    • Promoting positive human relations, civil rights, cultural awareness or peaceful means of conflict resolution.
    • Improving the quality of life for Davis residents through the areas of health, human services, housing or employment.
  4. Excellence in Community Involvement (Awarded to a For-Profit Business and/or Non-Profit Organization)
    Awarded to a business or organization that has a record of significant efforts in promoting and practicing equal opportunity, positive human relations, and/or civil rights in Davis.
  5. Public Servant of the Year
    Awarded to a local public servant who has displayed exceptional interpersonal skills under challenging circumstances. These efforts have resulted in effective conflict resolution or intervention and have promoted positive human relations in our multicultural and diverse community.
Recipients in 2017 included Al Rojas for the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Yolo Interfaith Immigration Network for Civil Rights Advocacy, Intercambio and ACME Theatre Company for Excellence in Community Involvement, Jesse Zablotsky and Alyse Lodigiani as Young Humanitarians and Jamie Elliott as Public Servant of the Year.


Award nomination forms and more information may be obtained online at, at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd or by calling at 530- 757-5602.
Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. Friday, March 9, 2018.

For more information please contact Carrie Dyer at 530-747-5863 or

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