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Human Rights Commission Advisory Board

The Tompkins County Human Rights Commission (TCHRC) is a volunteer advisory group appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature for the purpose of fostering mutual understanding and respect among all persons in Tompkins County. The general role of the TCHRC is to encourage equality; discourage discrimination; and to serve as an advisory board to the Office of Human Rights. Commissioners (15 in all) must be residents of the County. 

Human Rights Commission Advisory Board Meetings take place once a month and are open to the public. 

4/25/2019 AGENDA ( PDF file )

Join us in celebrating our current commissioners:

 Njoku Awa
Kathy Bergen
Susan Bower
Gladys Brangmanz
Jo Carcich 
Kirby Edmonds 
Jason Hungerford
Kathy Jett 
Amos Malone 
Jessie Mancilla
Larry Roberts
Gloria Sanchez
Peyi Soyinka-Aierewele
Mark Vesci
Ruth Yarrow



Apply to join the Human Rights Commission

Residents interested in serving on the Human Rights Commission are encouraged to submit applications at any time.

In recruiting new Commissioners, the Legislature will be looking for members who are active in the community and who possess demonstrated experience and knowledge in subject matter areas such as civil rights advocacy, disability, women’s rights, housing, and unlawful discrimination.  Applicants must be residents of Tompkins County.  Commissioners (15 members in all) are appointed by the Tompkins County Legislature to serve 3-year terms.

In making appointments to the Commission, the Legislature will be taking into consideration various factors in an effort to develop a uniquely vibrant and fully functioning body that is representative of all of Tompkins County and all its wonderful diversity.

HOW TO APPLY:  If you would like to apply to serve on the Human Rights Commission, please fill out the County Advisory Board application: Human Rights Commission Application Form.  A fill-able .pdf and further information about County Boards can be found here.

The application form also may be picked up at the Legislature Office, located on the second floor of the Governor Daniel D. Tompkins Building, 121 E. Court Street, Ithaca.