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 HRC's responsibilities include:

  • Developing educational programs and increasing awareness
  • Coordinating efforts with neighboring human rights commissions
  • Advising and recommending items related to human relations and civil rights problems in general
  • Providing direction and support to people or organizations on:
    • Civil and human rights
    • Identifying responsibilities to bridge cultural and other differences

    Meeting Schedule

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


    • 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
    • Vibhaa Venkat, Student representative

    Student Vacancies

    The Human Rights Commission is currently accepting applications for a student representative. 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. Learn more about the criteria and submit an application. Applications are due by September 20, 2019.

    Bias/Hate Crimes Response Network

    These organizations are experienced and trained to deal with bias/hate crimes.

    • 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 commission put together a list of suggested readings and videos to help people focus on improving race relations, increasing cultural awareness, reducing prejudice, valuing of our differences and the importance of unity over uniformity.

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