Awards & Honors

Awards & Honors Received by Boniuk Institute

Dr. Milton Boniuk

November 2020 -

Dr. Milton Boniuk was awarded the 2020 Guardian of the Human Spirit Award by the Holocaust Museum Houston in acknowledgement of his commitment to service and building an open-minded society.

Gayle Pagnoni

July 2020 -

Dr. Gayle Pagnoni was elected to the Executive Committee of the Religion & Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Paula Sandes receives award

January 16, 2020 -

The City of Houston declared January 16, 2020 Paula Sanders Day in recognition for her contributions to the promotion of religious tolerance in the city of Houston

January 16, 2020 -

The United States Congress issued a Congressional Recognition of Paula Sanders in honor of her ongoing commitment to the advancement of religious tolerance.

L. Charles Landgraf

May 10, 2019 -

Resolution passes honoring the contributions of Charles Landgraff, Chair, Boniuk Institute Advisory Board

Jamal receives 2019 Hudspeth Award

2019 -

Dr. Zahra Jamal received a Rice University Hudspeth Award in recognition for her notable contributions to the success of the Boniuk Council for Interfaith (student organization)

induction of MLK Collegium of Scholars

April 4, 2019 -

Dr. Gayle L. Pagnoni was inducted into the 34th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College

COH Year of Tolerance resolution

January 1, 2018 -

The City of Houston declared 2018 the Year of Tolerance and January 1, 2018 as the Year of Tolerance Day "in celebration of Houston's municipal leader and citizens' commitment to unity, inclusivisty, personal civic responsibility, continuing to showcase Houston as a model city dedicated to welcoming all"

Milton and Laurie Boniuk

April 12, 2018 -

The City of Houston declared April 12, 2018 Milton and Laurie Boniuk Day in recognition for their significant contributions towards religious tolerance

Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer


Dr. Zahra Jamal was officially recognized for Excellence in Pluralism and Interfaith Work by Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer (pictured at left)

2017 Ahmadiyya Humanitarian Award

2017 -

Dr. Milton Boniuk was awarded a 2017 Ahmadiyya Muslim Humanitarian Award.

White House Office Interfaith adn Community Service Campus Challenge

2017 -

Dr. Zahra Jamal was named Rice University's representative to POTUS's Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge by the US Department of Education

Alliance for Compassion and Tolerance logo

2017 -

Dr. Zahra Jamal was appointed to the Board of the Alliance for Compassion and Tolerance