The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission advises city council on how to ensure equal opportunity and participation in housing, employment, public service, public accommodations and education. The commission consists of nine regular voting members; one is an attorney, one is appointed by the school board and one is a youth member. The commission may also have an additional, non-voting, youth member.
The commission encourages all members of our community to:
- Teach tolerance and respect for all
- Share insights and experiences
- Participate in cultural diversity activities
- Communicate across cultures
Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Westwood Room at City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd.
The human rights commission developed the diversity lens and the accompanying diversity lens brochure. Valuing individual diversity means reaching beyond stereotypical views of individuals and using the strengths and different perspectives that each person offers. The diversity lens is not just a reflection of you or me, but the collective us in our community and all of our values.
Human Rights Award
The Human Right Award is facilitated by the St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission. The award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or businesses that have made an outstanding contribution toward increasing understanding and cooperation between people of different backgrounds in St. Louis Park.
- 2018 award recipient -Sagal Abdirahman and Nadia Mohamed
2018 Human Rights Award nominations
The city begins accepting nominations around December of each year. You can review award guidelines from 2018 here: award guidelines. The nomination form and updated guidelines will be available when the city begins accepting nominations.
Reporting hate crime or discrimination
A bias or hate crime is criminal conduct committed because of the victim's race, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or characteristics identified as sexual orientation. Call the St. Louis Park Police Department at 952.924.2618 if you are the victim of or witness to a hate crime.
To report an incident of discrimination or to request information about human rights protections in our state contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights at 651.296.5663.
Bullying in the senior community
During 2014 and early 2015, the human rights commission focused on the issue of bullying in the senior citizen community. Watch the public service announcement.
(updated June 24, 2019)
||Regular member (Chair)||May 31, 2021|
|Katherine Arnold||Regular member||May 31, 2020|
||Regular member||May 31, 2020|
|Emily Buchholz||Regular member||May 31, 2020|
|Virginia Mancini||Regular member||May 31, 2020|
|Yvette Sophie Baudelaire Olaechea||Regular member||May 31, 2022|
|Mohamed Samatar||Regular member||May 31, 2022|
|Amaya Fokuo||Youth member (Voting)||Aug. 31, 2019|
|Marian Mohamud||Youth member||Aug. 31, 2019|
|Astein Osei||School representative|
Agendas and minutes
|Aug. 21, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|June 18, 2019||June Agenda 2019
|July 16, 2019||July Agenda 2019||July Minutes|
|August 20, 2019||August Agenda 2019|
|September 17, 2019||September Agenda 2019||September Minutes|
|October 15, 2019||October Minutes|