The Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award was established in 1981 in honor of Philip G. Hubbard, University of Iowa Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Academic Affairs from 1966-1989. Vice President Hubbard was selected as a faculty representative to serve on the first UI Human Rights Committee established in 1963, and dedicated himself to human rights and equal opportunity throughout his distinguished career. During the Spring semester, through an established nomination process, the Human Rights Committee selects a University of Iowa student who has made the most outstanding contribution in the area of human rights during the previous year, and who most exemplifies the principles held by Dr. Hubbard. The award consists of a plaque and a scholarship to be applied toward the student’s educational costs and is announced at the annual Finkbine Dinner for Representative Student Leaders held in April. Beginning in 2011 the award may be given to one undergraduate and one graduate/professional student who meet the established criteria at the discretion of the committee.
The University of Iowa brings together in common pursuit of its educational goals persons of many nations, races, and creeds. The University is guided by the precepts that in no aspect of its programs shall there be differences in the treatment of persons because of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and any other classification that deprives the person of consideration as an individual, and that equal opportunity and access to facilities shall be available to all. Among the classifications that deprive the person of consideration as an individual are those based on associational preference. These principles are expected to be observed in the internal policies and practices of the University; specifically in the admission, housing, and education of students; in policies governing programs of extracurricular life and activities; and in the employment of faculty and staff personnel. The University shall work cooperatively with the community in furthering these principles.