Human Rights Commission

Meeting and Commission Information

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) meets the third Tuesday of each month (except July and August). All meetings are open to the public. The Commission focuses on its City Council-approved work plan, community matters, and working within City government. The Commission undertakes a two-year work plan, currently focused on four goals:

  1. Building Commission capacity
  2. Enhancing the Commission relationship and role within the City government
  3. Responding to human rights concerns and trends
  4. Working toward a human rights framework in Eugene

Members create working groups, designate liaisons, craft resolutions and statements, follow response protocols, and facilitate collaboration and partnerships to achieve specific, targeted outcomes. At each full business meeting (held every other month), the Commission and Committees provide a public forum, where issues can be announced or concerns brought forward from the community for broader attention or possible organized response. Finally, the Commission participates in, endorses and financially sponsors community events that are aligned with its mission.

Marginalized Voices in Eugene:

Report on Focus Groups in Eugene’s Communities of Color, Muslim and LGBTQ Communities

Bonnie Souza and Ken Neubeck, Co-chairs

Anti-Discrimination Work Group

Eugene Human Rights Commission

June 2017

The Eugene Human Rights Commission’s Anti-Discrimination Work Group hosted 10 focus groups in communities of color, Muslim and LGBTQ communities in Eugene. 

The purpose of the focus groups was to learn about marginalized individuals’ experiences at this moment in time and to explore how the City of Eugene might help members of these communities feel safe, welcome and included in Eugene. Commissioners Bonnie Souza and Ken Neubeck co-chaired the work group, planned and hosted all of the focus groups (with help from community members) and co-authored Marginalized Voices in Eugene, which includes important recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.

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