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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.

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.

  • 2018 award recipient — Sagal Abdirahman and Nadia Mohamed 
2019 Human Rights Award nominations

The human rights commission will select a recipient for the 2019 Human Rights Award in early 2020, and the award will be presented at a city council meeting in 2020.

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

(updated June 24, 2019)

Name Role Term expires  Contact info
Maria Eustaquio 
Regular member May 31, 2021
Katherine Arnold Regular member May 31, 2020
BethAnne Stolp
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 (Chair) Aug. 31, 2019
Marian Mohamud Youth member Aug. 31, 2019  
Astein Osei School representative May 31, 2021

Agendas and minutes

Meeting Date
 March 17, 2019  Postponed  Postponed  
Jan. 21, 2019    
Dec. 17, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Nov. 19, 2019 Agenda Minutes
Oct. 15, 2019 Agenda Minutes 
Sept. 17, 2019 Agenda


Darius Gray

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