Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is an 11-member group of volunteers, appointed by the Mayor and Council, that is charged with minimizing the effects of conflict and promoting an appreciation of diversity within the city. To meet these goals, the HRC provides a variety of services and educational and cultural programs that promote global thinking, encourage civic awareness, and/or reflect the rich diversity found in the city. Some of these services and programs include voter registration and education, community outreach, the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative, the Student Ambassador Program, the Multimedia Scholarship Competition, and community celebrations such as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration and Rockville Pride. The HRC also advises the Mayor and Council on human rights issues that may affect residents.
To promote diversity and to improve human relations, it is important for the HRC to know and understand the issues that the city’s various communities face. To that end, the HRC engages in community outreach activities throughout the city and invites residents to attend its monthly meetings. To encourage community involvement, the HRC also invites residents to participate in its programs and to apply for commissioner positions as vacancies occur.
|Andrew Lin, Co-Chair||March 1, 2024|
|Amina Shafi Rogers, Co-Chair||April 1, 2024|
|Bethany Pereira||October 1, 2022|
|Gabrielle Zwi||March 1, 2024|
|Oyebisi Olatoye||July 1, 2022|
|Karou Sakabe||April 1, 2024|
|James Pearce||November 1, 2024|
|Jeannie Shen||November 1, 2024|
|Molly Cullen||January 1, 2025|
|Sinan Wolf-Gazo||January 1, 2025|
Survey of the Wellbeing and Needs of the Rockville Community
Thank you to all who completed this survey. The Human Rights Commission and Human Services Advisory Commission are currently reviewing the results and writing a report. The report was presented to the Mayor and Council at their meeting on March 7, 2022.
Register Now for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Training
The city's Human Rights Commission presents its annual IDEA Leadership Workshop for students living in and attending Rockville-area high schools or Montgomery College (Rockville campus) from 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
The dynamic, interactive online training will provide students with tools to recognize prejudice, stereotypes, and bias; navigate difficult situations with an understanding of diverse populations; and foster an environment of inclusion and belonging in and outside of their schools.
Student Service Learning credits will be offered. Students will receive information for joining the training after they register.