Human Rights Commission

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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.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Body-worn camera technology

The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission (HRC) and Police Advisory Commission (PAC) held a meeting April 10, 2018 to discuss the City of St. Louis Park's plan to move forward with introducing body-worn-camera technology in the St. Louis Park Police Department.

The introduction of body-worn-camera technology is a multi-phased initiative and governed by state law. Once the City finalizes a draft of its policy, information will be posted by the City regarding formal opportunities for the public to comment on the draft body-worn-camera policy.

Diversity lens

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.

2017 Human Rights Award recipient - Fatuma Irshat

The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission presented the 2017 Human Rights Award to Fatuma Irshat at the March 5, 2018 city council meeting. Fatuma was recognized for her countless engagement work in the Somali and African community. Her engagement efforts include informing neighbors about important issues such as affordable housing, renters’ rights, election choices and voting. She has also been active in local government, facilitating Vision 3.0 meetings in her community and initiating a “Vote Local” campaign which included driving neighbors to vote and providing childcare.

Congratulations Fatuma and thank you for your positive impact on the St. Louis Park community!

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

Commission members

Name Role Term expires
BethAnne Stolp Regular member May 31, 2020
Justin Carlson Regular member May 31, 2019
Katherine Arnold Regular member May 31, 2020
Maria Eustaquio Regular member May 31, 2021 
Michelle Kornblit Regular member May 31, 2019
Sara Wilhelm Garbers Regular member May 31, 2020
VACANT Regular member
VACANT Youth member
Jack Ostrovsky Youth member Aug. 31, 2018
VACANT School representative

Agendas and minutes

Meeting Date
Oct. 16, 2018  Agenda  
Sept. 18, 2018 Agenda  Minutes 
Aug. 21, 2018 Agenda  Minutes 
June 19, 2018 Agenda  
May 15, 2018
April 17, 2018
Agenda Minutes
March 13, 2018
Feb. 20, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Jan. 16, 2018 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 27, 2017   Minutes
Sept. 26, 2017
 Agenda Minutes
Aug. 15, 2017 Agenda Minutes
July 18, 2017   No meeting No meeting
June 20, 2017
May 16, 2017 Agenda  
April 18, 2017 Agenda Minutes
March 21, 2017  Agenda Minutes
Feb. 21, 2017
Agenda No quorom
Jan. 17, 2017 Agenda Minutes
Dec. 13, 2016 Agenda
Nov. 15, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 18, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 20, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Aug. 16, 2016 Agenda Minutes
June 21, 2016 Agenda Minutes
May 17, 2016 Agenda Minutes
April 19, 2016   Minutes
March 15, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Feb. 16, 2016 Agenda
Jan. 19, 2016 Agenda Minutes
Dec. 15, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 17, 2015 Agenda
Oct. 20, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Sept. 15, 2015 No meeting
Aug. 18, 2015 Agenda
July 21, 2015 Agenda Minutes
June 16, 2015 Agenda Minutes
May 19, 2015 Agenda
April 21, 2015 Agenda
March 17, 2015

Commission liaison

Breanna Freedman

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