Human Relations Commission
MEMBERS: 15 members
TERM: 4 years
For the initial term of service, the Mayor and Commission shall designate eight members to serve initial four-year terms and seven members to serve initial two-year terms. After the initial appointment of members, all members shall be appointed to serve four-year terms. There shall be no limit of the number of terms a member can serve.
AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION: Athens-Clarke County Code of Ordinances § 1-29
To be determined
The Athens-Clarke County Human Relations Commission is hereby established to provide a communication bridge between the Mayor and Commission and the community and foster dialogue throughout the community.
METHOD OF APPOINTMENT:
Mayor and Commission
- What is the purpose of this commission? What work will they do?
The Human Relations Commission (HRC) is an advisory board that will provide policy recommendations regarding ACC work on diversity, equity and inclusion of residents of all characteristics to the Mayor and Commission based on active relationship building, community dialogue, listening, data, and research and review of policies in other communities.
The HRC will also work to educate the community about the local non-discrimination ordinance and how to file complaints.
The HRC will also seek opportunities for community outreach and education that prioritizes diversity, inclusion, representation, and equity. More details are available in the ordinance that established the HRC.
- How many members will there be? How are they chosen?
The HRC will include 15 members who represent a diverse array of ACC residents across bands of characteristics, including race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ethnicity, ability, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, ancestry, veteran/military status, familial status, marital status, expertise, lived experience, and their intersections.
All members will be appointed by the Mayor and Commission.
Initially, eight members will serve four year terms, and seven members will serve two year terms; upon conclusion of those initial terms, all members will serve for four year stints.
- How often will the group meet? How will the group be supported?
The HRC will meet at least ten times per year, with the first meeting in the winter or spring of 2022. The members will determine the days and times of meetings.
The HRC will be supported by the ACCGov’s Inclusion Office, with an expansion of the office to include a designated staff member who will support the HRC.
- Are HRC members compensated?
Yes. HRC members receive a stipend of $25.00 for each regular meeting that they attend and are eligible for reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties, not including travel to and from meetings.