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Human Rights Commission

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One Community One Team - 2018 HRC Poster Contest Winner

Each year the HRC hosts a Fourth Grade
"Community of Many Colors" Poster Contest.
Pictured above is the 2019 Winning Poster
by Nolan Horn from Turtle Lake Elementary.


Renee Eisenbeisz, Assistant to the
City Manager


Phone: 651.490.4613 | E-mail Renee

Mission Statement

The Shoreview Human Rights Commission advises and aids the city of Shoreview by establishing and promoting a community standard of equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination. We envision a community where all people are welcomed, valued, and respected; where each person feels at home. The Shoreview Human Rights Commission was re-established by the Shoreview City Council in August of 1992 to act in cooperation with the State Human Rights Department in securing for all citizens equal opportunity in housing, employment, public accommodations, public services, and education.

The Shoreview Human Rights Commission is charged with the following duties:
• to develop educational programs and increase awareness
• to coordinate efforts with the Human Rights Commissions of neighboring cities where appropriate • to advise and make recommendations to the City Council in regard to human relations and civil rights problems in general

• to give direction and encouragement to the work of all individuals and agencies addressing themselves to planning, policy making, and educational programming in the area of civil and human rights, including helping people identify their responsibilities to bridge cultural and other differences.

Student Vacancies

The Human Rights Commission is currently accepting applications for student representatives. Students must be a high school sophomore, junior, or senior and attend either Mounds View High School or Irondale High School or be a Shoreview resident. If interested, please fill out the application form and return it to

Caring Youth Award

The Caring Youth Award honors our community's outstanding youth. Applicants must live in OR volunteer in Shoreview, be in grades 9 through 12, and meet the criteria of one or more of the following categories. The application period for 2019 is closed.

Arts & Creativity

Enriching others through imaginative skills and originality in such activities that include: acting, dance, music, visual arts and writing.

Community Involvement

Volunteering to meet a need in the community through action, education, advocacy or service.


Standing up for beliefs, values and personal integrity and taking action during challenging circumstances to make a difference.

Cultural Awareness

Valuing culture and/or social diversity through action, lifestyle awareness or education.


Demonstrating leadership and commitment to heighten awareness about environmental issues and promote actions that lead to community sustainability.


Creating a welcoming environment for all. Speaking up to prevent bullying or protecting themselves or others from bullying.


The Caring Youth Award recipient will be recognized at a banquet in the fall and will have a spotlight in our ShoreViews publication. 

Meeting Schedule

This commission generally meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month.


Commission is composed of up to nine Shoreview residents and student representatives appointed by the City Council.

  • Katy Gibbs, Co-Chair
  • Ben Schwanke, Co-Chair
  • Richard Bokovoy
  • Elaine Carnahan
  • Mark Hodkinson
  • Mary Johnson
  • Gene Nichols
  • Lisa Wedell Ueki
  • Julie B. Williams
  • Claudia Seyfarth, Student Representative

Bias/Hate Crimes Response Network

These organizations are experienced and trained to deal with bias/hate crimes.
• Shoreview Human Rights Commission, Terry Schwerm at 651.490.4611
• Ramsey County Sheriff's Department at 651.484.3366
• Minnesota Department of Human Rights at 651.296.5663
• Equal Employment Opportunity Commission at 612.335.4040
• Ramsey County Attorney's Office Victim Witness Services Division at 651.266.3222
• Ramsey County Bar Association at 651.224.1775
• Dispute Resolution Center at 651.292.7791
• Northwest Youth and Family Services at 651.486.3808
• First Call for Help at 211
• Mounds View School District 621 at 651.639.6003
• Roseville School District 623 at 651.635.1600
• St. Paul Area Council of Churches at 651.646.8805  

Other Resources

The Shoreview Human Rights Commission compiled a list of suggested readings and videos to help people of all ages focus on improving race relations, increasing cultural awareness, reducing prejudice, valuing of our differences and the importance of unity over uniformity.

  • Children Who Care, Educating Your Child About Human Rights - Shoreview Human Rights Commission, Shoreview, MN. 1998. A terrific booklet showing how to teach children about kindness, fairness, tolerance, empathy and courage; how to recognize prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, and the adverse effects of prejudice and discrimination. Children Who Care Pamphlet
  • For more information on human rights issues in Minnesota visit
  • For more information on Amnesty International visit
  • For more information on Human Rights Watch visit
  • For more information on Southern Poverty Law Center visit
  • For more information on The Carter Center visit
  • For more information on United Nations visit

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