The nine-member Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) acts as an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and Equal Opportunity Officer and shall be charged with the responsibility of eliminating and preventing discrimination in places of public accommodation, housing and employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, familial status, ancestry, age or marital status.
The purposes of LCHR are:
- Review actions of the Equal Opportunity Officer
- Institute actions to educate the public as to unlawful discriminatory practices and the enforcement measures available for the prevention and punishment of such practices;
- Enforcing provisions of Title 11 of the Lincoln Municipal Code;
- Seeking to eliminate and prevent discrimination in places of public accommodation, housing, and employment;
- Utilize conference, conciliation, and persuasion so that persons may be guaranteed their civil rights and goodwill may be fostered;
- Formulate policies and make recommendations to agencies and officers of the city government;
- Investigate and make determinations regarding discrimination complaints.
2021 Human Rights Commissioners
- Kevin Abourezk, Managing Editor, Indianz.com, Vice-Chair of the Indian Center
- Dr. Sheri Blok, Chair of Humanities/Speech Instructor, Southeast Community College–Lincoln
- Carlos Garcia, Financial Aid Technician, Southeast Community College
- Rose Godinez, Legal and Policy Counsel, ACLU of Nebraska
- Dr. Emira Ibrahimpasic, Assistant Director and Assistant Professor of Practice, Global Studies Program, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
- Alyssa Martin, Legal Counsel for Tax and Renewable Energy, Nelnet, Co-Chair of Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast Committee, Lincoln Council for International Visitors
- Jolene McCulley, Owner and Operator, Orenda Entrepreneur Services
- Davetta Nelson, Specialized Probation Officer, Nebraska Probation, Lancaster County Nebraska
- Terry Werner, Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers
LCHR Public Meeting Schedule & Comment Policy
LCHR Meeting Minutes
LCHR meetings are generally held the last Thursday of every month in the the City Council Chambers at the County/City Building at 555 South 10th Street. Meetings convene at 4 p.m. and all meetings are open to the general public.
LCHR meetings are subject to public meeting laws and provides times for public comment on its monthly agenda. Public comment guidelines are as follows:
- At the end of each meeting, members of the public will have 5 minutes to speak on any issue or agenda item, with the exception of "case disposition."
- LCHR meeting agendas are available to the general public through the City Clerk's Office, which posts announcements in the County-City Building, or by requesting a copy from the LCHR Office prior to the monthly meeting, generally held the last Thursday of each month. For more information, call 402-441-7624.
The City of Lincoln complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 guidelines. Ensuring the public’s access to and participating in public meetings is a priority for the City of Lincoln. In the event you are in need of a reasonable accommodation in order to attend or participate in a public meeting conducted by the City of Lincoln, please contact the Director of the Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, at 402-441-7624 as soon as possible before the scheduled meeting date in order to make your request.
Interested in Serving as a City of Lincoln Human Rights Commissioner?
Human Rights Commissioners are appointed for a 3-year term, represent LCHR and its mission, and make final determinations on the outcome of discrimination complaints.
If you are interested in serving as a Human Rights Commissioner and would like more information, contact our office at 402-441-7624. You may also complete and submit an application.