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Human Relations Commission

The function of the Human Relations Commission is to foster mutual respect and understanding and to create an atmosphere conducive to the promotion of amicable relations among all members of the Boulder community.

The Human Relations Commission strives to:

  • Celebrate and encourage understanding of the diversity of the city's population;
  • Encourage education programs with the potential to change ideas and attitudes;
  • Conduct research to define key issues in the community in order to suggest appropriate changes to ordinances and policies; and
  • Enforce the City of Boulder's Human Rights Ordinance that prohibits discrimination by serving as a quasi-judicial hearing board for human rights ordinance cases.

Bias Motivated Crime Sentence Enhancements

Reflecting community feedback, including but not limited to, the Community Perceptions Assessment, Human Relations Commission public hearings, and comments shared with City Council, the City Attorney’s Office has finalized language for an ordinance addressing sentence enhancements for bias motivated crimes. A summary of key points as well as the full ordinance text may be found here:

Bias Motivated Crime Sentence Enhancements - Proposed Language pdf.

After reviewing this specific ordinance language, are there reflections you like to share about what resonates with you or concerns you? Your input will be shared with the Human Relations Commission.

​First reading of this ordinance by City Council is scheduled for August 6, 2019. Council public hearing is scheduled for August 27, 2019.

Note: The HRC has allocated all 2019 funding for the Human Relations Fund. Please check back later in the year for information on 2020 funds. The HRC will still be accepting funding applications later in the year for Indigenous Peoples' Day and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day events. 

The Human Relations Commission generally meets the third Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway.

  • Staff Liaison:   Clay Fong at 303-441-3141
  • Board Secretary:   Mari Camacho at 303-441-4389
The Human Relations Commission consists of five members appointed by City Council, each to a five-year term.

Human Relations Commission Members


Nikhil Mankekar, Chairperson
(he, him, his)

720-449-6520 2015-2020
Lindsey Loberg, Deputy Chairperson
(they, them, theirs)
[email protected] 414-687-6671 2017-2019
Art Figel
(he, him, his)
[email protected] 303-541-9748 2017-2022

Sharon Simmons (with assistance
from Gracie, her service dog)
(she, her, hers)

[email protected] 720-361-3373 2018-2023
Stanley Deetz
(they, them, theirs)
[email protected] 303-499-4120 2018-2021

Next Human Relations Commission Meetings

Next Regular Meeting Date: Monday, October 21, 6 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway, Boulder


2019 Human Relations Commission Meeting Dates

Jan. 28  2019 - Regular Meeting 01-28-19 HRC Agenda pdf
Feb. 25, 2019 - Regular Meeting 02-25-19 HRC Agenda pdf
March 25, 2019 Regular Meeting 03-25-19 HRC Agenda pdf
April 3, 2019 Special Event HRC Educational Tour of the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
April 15, 2019 Regular Meeting 04-15-19 HRC Agenda pdf
May 20, 2019 Regular Meeting 05-20-19 HRC Agenda pdf
June 17, 2019 Regular Meeting 06-17-19 HRC Agenda pdf
July 15, 2019 Regular Meeting 07-15-19 HRC Agenda pdf
Aug. 19, 2019 Regular Meeting 08-19-19 HRC Agenda pdf
Sept. 16, 2019 Regular Meeting 09-16-19 HRC Agenda pdf
Oct. 21, 2019 Regular Meeting
Nov. 18, 2019 Regular Meeting  
Dec. 16, 2019 Regular Meeting