Human Relations Commission

Agendas & Minutes

View the Archived Minutes, Agendas and Reports for the Carbondale Human Relations Commissioners.

Members

Courtney Beverly (HR Assistant)
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Joshua Bowens
 
Dr. Joseph Brown
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Stephanie Brown
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Carla Childs

Ted Gutierrez

Jerrold Hennrich
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Karriem Shariati
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Dora Weaver
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About

The Human Relations Commission advises the City Council on problems among individuals and groups within the community regardless of:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • Economic or Educational Status
  • Familial Status
  • Marital Status
  • National Origin or Ancestry
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Race

Responsibilities

The Human Relations Commission is responsible for:

  • Assisting in communication among various human relations agencies
  • Establishing and maintaining educational programs in the community
  • Fostering equality and understanding among everyone in the community
  • Monitoring complaints received by local law enforcement agencies
  • Studying problems relating to all relationships in the community

Composition

  • Eleven members appointed by the Mayor with consent of the Council (one of which is the student appointment)
  • All members must reside within the corporate limits or within 1 1/2 miles of City limits
  • Initial terms are to be staggered, with three members appointed for one year (one of which is the student appointment), four members appointed for two years and four members appointed for three years
  • Subsequent terms shall be for three years

Notes from the Chair

The Carbondale City Council created the Human Relations Commission to make recommendations to the Council that improve community life for all residents. Residents who have ideas for improving City services, experience unfair treatment or want suggestions regarding how to address a frustrating situation are encouraged to attend a Commission meeting or contact the Commission through its website. The Commission meets at 5 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in Room 103 of City Hall.

Community Groups with Similar Focus

  • Arbor District Neighborhood Association seeks to preserve and foster community through advocacy and communication of neighborhood issues.
  • Carbondale Conversations for Community Action takes part in meaningful dialogue and recommends actions to the Human Relations Commission.
  • Neighborhood Action Group promotes, preserves and revitalizes Carbondale's neighborhoods.
  • Nonviolent Carbondale is a coalition that organizes and supports activities that foster nonviolent and compassionate interactions in the community.
  • Racial Justice Coalition focuses on the industrial contamination of a black Carbondale neighborhood and its ongoing cleanup, racial inequality in policing and the courts. Study Circle Groups address issues of relevance to improving human relations in Carbondale.

Additional Information

View our Human Relations By-Laws (PDF) or email the Human Relations Commission for more information.