Each year the HRC hosts a Fourth Grade
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.
Current Projects and Upcoming Events
2017 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.
Arts & Creativity
Enriching others through imaginative skills and originality in such activities that include: acting, dance, music, visual arts and writing.
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.
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.
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 two student representatives appointed by the City Council. The Commission is also affiliated with the League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions.
Mary Johnson, Co-Chair
Gene Nichols, Co-Chair
Julie B. Williams
Lisa Wedell Ueki
Anish Sethi, Student Representative
Benjamin Chen, 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
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.
For more information on human rights issues in Minnesota visit
For more information on Amnesty International visit
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For more information on United Nations visit