The Human Rights Program, with the Center for Latin American Studies, sponsors the Ignacio Martín-Baró Human Rights Essay Competition. The Human Rights Program will award three prizes to UChicago students in the amount of $250 each for the best essays in the field of human rights. The award categories are:
- Undergraduate students
- Masters and Professional students (MA, MPP, JD, MD)
- Doctoral students
Essays should be no longer than 25 double-spaced pages for college students and 40 pages for graduate students. They may take the form of analytic or critical essays, empirical research papers, term papers or personal essays on any human rights issue. Essay topics are not restricted to the field of Latin American studies. Submissions will be judged by category, with one prize awarded in each. Essays may be submitted by students in any division or department at the University of Chicago. Competition is restricted to enrolled students.
The prize honors the memory of Ignacio Martín-Baró, a Jesuit priest from El Salvador who earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of Chicago. Martín-Baró taught at the Universidad de Centro America in El Salvador and was a leading scholar on social justice and human rights. In 1989, Martín-Baró and seven others were assassinated by the Salvadoran army for their commitment to El Salvador’s dispossessed.