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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.


Group interviews for the 2017 applicants to Boards and Commissions will be held in 1777 West Conference Room of the Municipal Building and will take place on:

•Thursday, March 9
•Tuesday, March 14
•Thursday, March 16 - HRC

Boards will be assigned a date and time for group interviews soon after the application process closes in February.


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.

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

  • Human Services Director:   Karen Rahn at 303-441-3161
  • Staff Liaison:   Carmen Atilano at 303-441-3141
  • Board Secretary:   Melinda Barnes at 303-441-4345
The Human Relations Commission consists of five members appointed by City Council, each to a five-year term.

Human Relations Commission Members

Shirly White, Chairperson
303-484-1957 2012-2017
Emilia Pollauf, Deputy Chairperson 720-560-1771 2013-2018
Josè Beteta
202-423-7060 2014-2019
Nikhil Mankekar
720-449-6520 2015-2020
Lauren Gifford 610-724-2686 2016-2021

Next Human Relations Commission Meeting

Next Regular Meeting Date: Monday, April 17, 2017 6 p.m. 

Location: City of Boulder, West Senior Center Creekside Room, 909 Arapahoe Ave

2017 Human Relations Commission Meeting Dates

January 9, 2017             Agenda pdf
February 27, 2017         Agenda pdf
March 20, 2017             Agenda pdf
April 17, 2017
May 15, 2017
June 19, 2017
July 17, 2017
August 21, 2017
September 18, 2017
October 16, 2017
November 20, 2017
December 18, 2017






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