Human Relations Commission

Human Relations Commission Mission

To eliminate discrimination and to establish equality and justice for all persons within the City of Champaign through civil rights enforcement and education.

Contact information for the Human Relations Commission

Powers and duties of the Commission are to eliminate discrimination by:

  1. Pursuing civil rights complaints in the most effective manner possible;
  2. Educating the public through workshops, consultations and publications; and
  3. Advocating tolerant and anti-discriminatory attitudes and behavior.

We meet on the first Monday of each month at 5:30 pm in the City Concil Chambers, 102 N. Neil Street, Champaign, unless otherwise designated.

Staff support is provided by City of Champaign Community Relations Office.

What the Human Relations Commission does

The HRC enforces the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and serves a hearing board for complaints of violations that cannot be conciliated by staff.

The Ordinance was developed with intent to secure an end to discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, public accommodation, or credit.

We also sponsor the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award program.  This event recognizes individuals who contribute significantly to interantion understanding, cooperation, friendship, and development.

The Commission sponsors the County-Wide Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration.  the purpose of this event is to celebrate the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to reognize and honor individuals who have made many contributions to our community in the areas of civil rights, human rights and humanitarian efforts.

We also sponsor community meetings to get input from citizens and to educate them on issues such as Fair Housing and Equal Employment olpportunities.  They also participate in various events and workshops.