Human Relations Commission

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Since 2003, the Human Relations Commission has served to advise the City Council on human relations by studying problems relating to relationships among individuals and groups of all kinds and educating the community so that problems can be prevented.  Read more about how the commission was created and its mission.

Human Relations By-Laws

Check out the Commission's current agenda and come to the next meeting.  Read the Commission’s Archived Minutes, Agendas and Reports.

2015 Annual Report of the Human Relations Commission

Purpose Statement:

To promote the well being of all Carbondale residents without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, economic or educational status.

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 city residents.  Residents who have ideas for improving city services, who experience unfair treatment, or who want suggestions regarding how to address a frustrating situation are encouraged to attend a regularly scheduled Commission meeting, or to contact the Commission through its website.  The Commission meets at 5:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month in Room 103 of City Hall.  We are here to help.

Current Members:

Jerrold Hennrich (Chair)
Dr. Joseph Brown (Vice Chair)
Dora "Micki" Weaver, PhD
Peg Falcone
Faith Miller
Karriem Shariati
Eric McMillan
Diane Daugherty
JoshuaKyle Brandon (Student Rep)
Ted J. Gutierrez (Business Rep)
Deborah McCoy (Staff)

Study Circle Groups

Small groups, called Study Circles, address issues of relevance to improving human relations in Carbondale. The following links provides access to the these groups:

Carbondale Conversations for Community Action was put into community action in September, 2003, followed by City Council approval in November. The programs were modeled after the nationally recognized Study Circles Program. Read more here....

Neighborhood Action Group is a working group of the City of Carbondale’s Human Relations Commission  initiated in 2004 as a result of the City’s Study Circles Project. Read more here....

Community Groups with Similar Focus

Nonviolent Carbondale is a coalition that organizes and supports activities that foster nonviolent and compassionate interactions in the community. Follow this link to learn more about Nonviolent Carbondale .
Nonviolent Carbondale's email address is

The Arbor District Neighborhood Association seeks to preserve and foster community through advocacy and communication of neighborhood issues.

The Northwest Carbondale Neighborhood Association (NCNA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the historic heritage of the northwest section of Carbondale, IL and the quality of life of all its residents.

Racial Justice Coalition
Contact person name: Cathy Field
Phone number: 618-549-1409 (office); 618-203-1935 (cell)
Email address:

The group will continue to meet at Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale on first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.

Links to State of Illinois Human Rights Websites

United States Commission on Civil Rights

United States Department of Education

United States Department of Labor

United States Employment Equal Opportunity Commission

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development

National Association for the Advanced of Colored People

American With Disabilities Act 

American Civil Liberties Union 

Anti Defamation League 





Upcoming Events


Current Events

Human Relations Commission Meeting
Monday, February 6, 2017
5:00 p.m.
City Hall / Civic Center
Room 103
200 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, Illinois

Hot Topics

Carbondale Police Academy 
Community Resources 
First Time HomeBuyer Program

Community Archive of Events

The Human Relations Commission strives to create an environment of hospitality, inclusiveness, acceptance and appreciation of the diversity of all people. The HRC accomplishes it’s mission by providing educational events and celebrations throughout the year. Follow this link to see some of the past events.

Resource Links:

Access to Human Relations Commissions in the Following Cities:

City of Champaign-Urbana
City of Bloomington 
City of Chicago 
City of Normal

Complaint / Commendation Forms:

Carbondale Police Complaint Information
Carbondale Police Commendation Information
State Police Complaint Information

Carbondale Housing Complaint Information
State of Illinois Housing Complaint Information
Federal Housing Complaint Information

Illinois Discrimination Complaint Information 
Federal EEOC Complaint Information

NOTE: Free Notary Service is available at Carbondale City Hall or Carbondale Police Department for the citizens of Carbondale.


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