Human Relations Commission

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Function

Promotes mutual respect, understanding and tolerance among all persons. Seeks to build a community where relationships among diverse peoples are valued by all, discrimination and hate are not tolerated, the voices of the voiceless are heard, and citizens can address issues dealing with hatred, discrimination and alienation through education, outreach, studies and recommendations to the City Council.

Studies and makes recommendations regarding problems in the city which arise from alleged discrimination prohibited by state and federal law or local statutes and report such information to the City Council.

Advocates and encourages educational and other appropriate activities to seek to discourage or prevent discrimination and prejudice and/or to promote diversity, equality and justice. This function can be addressed by holding conferences and other public meetings, engaging in educational campaigns, partnering with other organizations to develop outreach information and programs, and other methods determined to be appropriate. Specific activities for which the Commission is responsible include the City of Davis Martin Luther King Jr. Day event, the City of Davis Cesar Chavez event and the City of Davis Thong Hy Huynh Awards.

Recommends to the City Council such publications and reports as may address issues of discrimination, diversity, prejudice or other matters related to the community principles or anti-discrimination.

Recommends programs and activities to encourage minority- and woman-owned businesses in Davis.

Recommends to the Council additional programs and practices designed to further commission objectives and takes other necessary action to prevent discrimination against groups and individuals to ensure public peace, health, safety and general welfare for all residents of Davis.

Takes other necessary actions, as directed by Council, to prevent discrimination against groups and individuals to ensure that all members of the Davis community will be treated equally and fairly.

Refers individuals presenting specific grievances or complaints to the appropriate agency, official or process where such concerns are most appropriately addressed. Listens to and gathers information from individuals who feel they have been discriminated against so that information may be used to address broader community needs.

City Council Liaison

Lucas Freirichs (Regular), Rochelle Swanson (Alternate)

Staff Liaison

Carrie Dyer, Community Engagement and Cultural Services Coordination,
(530) 757-5602

Number of Members

7 Regular and 1 Alternate
6 Ex-officio members representing the following: faith-based organization; high school student; UCD ASUCD; Police Department; UC Davis; DJUSD

Regular Meeting Time & Place

The fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Valente Room at the Davis Senior Center (646 A Street).  The November and December meetings will be held on alternate dates due to the holidays.

Additional Information

Resolution regarding the structure and purpose of this Commission (PDF format):
Resolution 07-125 Human Relations Commission

Principles of One Community
To commemorate UC Davis' centennial anniversary, the Associated Students of UC Davis (ASUCD) formed an Executive Task Force to develop, in conjunction with representatives from UC Davis, the City of Davis, and Davis Joint Unified School District, a new Principles of One Community document. The Principles of One Community document builds off of the Principles of Community document that UCD developed in the early 1990’s and acknowledges three major partners in the community: those at the university, the students, and those in the city. Within these groups, there are many different voices, perspectives and purposes, however, everyone is a member of the larger Davis community. The document sets forth the basic principles necessary to help the one Davis community prosper.

Related Links: The Principles of One Community document

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