Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is an 11-member group of volunteers, appointed by the Mayor and Council, to ensure equal treatment, free from discrimination for people who live, visit or work in the City of Rockville. The HRC is charged with minimizing the effects of conflict and promoting appreciation of diversity within the city. To meet these goals, the commission provides a variety of programs and services.
The HRC reviews and/or hears investigated complaints of discrimination, and offers findings. To promote and facilitate resolutions to conflicts, the HRC provides free mediation services to people in the city who may find themselves in conflict with a neighbor, landlord, tenant or business. Mediation helps parties clarify and resolve their disputes amicably for their mutual benefit.
In addition to protecting rights, reducing conflict and promoting human relations, the HRC sponsors educational and cultural programs that promote global thinking, encourage civic awareness and/or reflect the rich diversity found in the city.
The HRC also hosts voter registration days during election years.
To promote diversity and to improve human relations, it is important for the commission to know and understand the issues that face the many communities that comprise our city. To that end, the commission is seeking ways to inform our residents about the HRC and to learn more about their concerns. The HRC also would like to invite residents from all of our communities to apply for a commissioner position as vacancies occur.
Diversity Leadership Workshop
The City's Human Rights Commission offers a diversity leadership workshop for students living in or attending Rockville-area high schools or Montgomery College--Rockville. The dynamic, highly interactive workshop helps provide students with tools to handle difficult situations with an understanding of diverse populations. It is designed to help students recognize prejudice and create an environment of inclusion in their schools.
The next workshop will be held from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at City of Rockville, City Hall 111 Maryland Avenue, Rockville Maryland 20850 in the Mayor and Council Chambers.
Student Service Learning Credits are offered. Verification of hours spent is available for college students. Light refreshments are provided.
3rd Annual Rockville Pride
Rockville will celebrate its LGBTQ community at the third annual Rockville Pride festival from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15. The free celebration, presented by the City of Rockville’s Human Rights Commission, will take place in Rockville Town Square. It will feature live intergenerational performances, educational booths, dialogue, crafts, face painting, air-brush tattoos and a moon bounce.
For ADA modifications, please contact the city’s Americans with disabilities coordinator at 240-314-8108, firstname.lastname@example.org, TTY 240-314-8137 or Relay 711 by June 1.
|Courtney Proctor, Chair||June 1, 2019|
|Deborah Cohen||September 1, 2021|
|Andrew Lin||March 1, 2021|
|Alonzo Smith||April 1, 2021|
|Tolulope Odunlami||July 1, 2019|
|Irfan Murtuza||January 1, 2020|
|Wangari Kamau||April 1, 2019|
|Juan Fogelbach||December 1, 2021|
|Gabrielle Zwi||March 1, 2021|