The Human Rights and Diversity Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters of diversity, civil and human rights, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Commission has been involved in such important social issues as identifying needs of the immigrant population and finding solutions to “bullying” in local schools.
The Commission presents Human Rights Awards annually in four categories: youth, individual, non-profit group and business.
Human Rights and Diversity Commission meetings take place the second Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. on the lower level of Eden Prairie Center mall.
Human Rights and Diversity Commission Charter Statement [PDF]
Human Rights and Diversity Commission roster
- Laura Kaczmarek (Chair)
- PG Narayanan (Vice Chair)
- Sandra Filardo
- Jennifer Buckland
- Sana Elassar
- Connie Lacovelli
- Zina Nourkadi
Student Commissioners (2012-2013 School Year):
- Jamie Bernard (fall and spring terms)
- Kristina Busch (fall term)
- Camrie Vlasak (fall and spring terms)
The Bias Crime Network is a collaborative effort between the Eden Prairie Police Department and the Human Rights and Diversity Commission. It was set up as a support network for citizens who feel they have been discriminated against or have been victims of bias crimes. When an incident is reported to the Police, the Commission is notified (names are usually anonymous) and takes action.
Please contact the Commission staff liaison to request, in advance, consideration to be placed on the agenda and/or to speak before the Commission.
The City staff liaison for the Human Rights and Diversity Commission is Molly Koivumaki.