Human Relations Commission

Regular Meetings

  • 1st Monday of every month
  • 5 p.m.
  • Carbondale Civic Center
    200 S. Illinois Avenue
    Carbondale, IL 62901

Meetings and changes to this schedule will be made per the Carbondale Revised Code and the Illinois Open Meetings Act.

Agendas & Minutes

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


  • Courtney Beverly (HR Assistant)
  • Jacob Bowers (SIU Representative)
  • Anita Brown
  • Stephanie Brown
  • Carmalita Cahill
  • Carla Childs
  • Gerald Edwards
  • Mary Elizabeth Hamilton
  • Sherrica Hunt
  • Roy Mazuchowski
  • Michelle Snyder
  • Roger Webb


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


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


  • 11 members appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the Council (one of which is the student appointment)
  • All members must reside within the corporate limits or 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 participates 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 fostering nonviolent and compassionate community interactions.
  • Racial Justice Coalition focuses on the industrial contamination of a black Carbondale neighborhood, its ongoing cleanup, and 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.

Access the City's Fair Housing Discrimination form.