About

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) was established in 1969. It is comprised of 11 members and a non-voting student member, 18 years old or under. Commissioners must live in Howard County and represent the diversity of county residents. The duties and responsibilities of the Commission are prescribed by law and include recommending a civil rights policy to the County Executive and the County Council. This includes having the authority to conduct surveys and studies concerning civil liberties in order to promote equality in the community. In addition to hosting the annual HRC awards, they support OHRE outreach activities. 

Our next meeting is hybrid and will take place on Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 P.M. in person at 9820 Patuxent Woods Dr., #211, Columbia, MD 21046 and virtually. 

Commission Information
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Commissioners
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  • Scott B. Markow, Chair - term expires: 3/1/2023 
  • Jonah Hornum, Vice Chair - term expires: 3/1/2024
  • Bob Ford - term expires: 3/1/2023
  • Gabriel Terrasa - term expires: 5/4/2025
  • Peter Hwang - term expires: 3/21/2024
  • Joan Hash - term expires: 6/1/2024
  • Kui Zhao - term expires: 3/1/2025
  • Lynda Earle - term expires: 3/1/2024
  • Nina Basu - term expires: 4/4/2025
  • Tiffany Releford - term expires: 9/8/2024
  • Bianca Chang - term expires: 3/1/2025
  • Sahara Ukaegbu (Student Member) - term expires: 6/30/2022
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Howard County Government Staff
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  • Melissa Goldmeier, HRC Legal Counsel, Howard County Office of Law
  • Yolanda F. Sonnier, Executive Secretary
  • Kathy Morales, Recording Secretary
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Meeting Schedule
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The Human Rights Commission meets every third Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, except in August. HRC meetings are open to the public.

For more information on our meetings, please send us an email at: [email protected]  

Upcoming Meeting Dates:

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Thursday, October 20, 2022
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Thursday, December 15, 2022

 

Meeting Agendas & Minutes
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2022
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July 21st

June 16th 

May 19th

April 21st

March 17th

February 17th

January 20th

January 8th

 

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2021
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December 16th

November 18th

October 21st

September 23rd

September 14th

July 15th

June 17th

May 20th

April 15th

March 18th

February 23rd

January 30th Retreat

January 21st

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2020
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December 17th

November 19, 2020

October 15th

September 17th

July 16th

June 18th

May 21st

April 16th

March 19th

February 21st

January 16th

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2019
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December 19th

November 21st

October 16th

September 19th

July 18th

June 20th

May 16th

April 17th

March 21st

February 21st

January 17th

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2018
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December 20th

November 15th (Meeting Canceled)

October 25th

September 20th

July 19th

June 21st

May 15th

April 19th

March 15th

February 22nd

January 18th

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2017
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December 21st

November 16th

October 26th

September 13th

July 20th

June 15th

May 18th

April 20th

March 16th

February 15th

January 19th

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2016
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December 15th

November 17th

October 19th

September 16th

July 13th

June 16th

April 21st

March 17th

February 18th

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2015
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December 17th

November 19th

October 15th

September 17th

July 16th

June 18th

May 21st

April 16th

March 19th

February 12th

January 15th

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2014
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December 18th

November 20th

October 16th

September 18th

July 17th

2022 Human Rights Commission Awards

Do you know a Howard County resident or organization who works for human and civil rights? If so, nominate them for a Human Rights Commission Award. The nomination deadline is on Wednesday, August 31, 2022. Click here for nomination form. 

Winners will be recognized at the 2022 Human Rights Commission Awards Ceremony on October 19th at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.

For more information, please see press release

 

HRC Awards Nomination Flyer

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