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Community Relations

Community Relations Mission: 

To protect civil and human rights, facilitate positive community relations and promote social equity policy.


2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in Boulder

The life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be celebrated in Boulder through a repertoire of community-led events on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. Boulder will honor Dr. King with a day of special activities that will inspire Boulder residents to action. The day’s schedule includes art exhibits, interactive workshops, poetry and discussions. This celebration, organized by community organizations and the City of Boulder, is sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Commission.

Events will kick off on Monday, Jan. 16 with a rally/march organized by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Interested community members should meet at 11 a.m. in front of the Courthouse on the Pearl Street Mall to hear speakers and music and participate in a march along Pearl Street, Broadway and Canyon Boulevard.

At 1 p.m. a performance by Nii Armah Sowah and a challenging workshop organized by the Boulder Chapter of Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) will be offered where participants will take a deeper look at the civil rights movement and reconsider the role of the white majority in contemporary racial justice work and inspire participations to become more actively engaged. SURJ will host this event at St. John’s Episcopal Church (1419 Pine St.) from 1 – 3 p.m.

Between 3:30 - 5 p.m. Motus Theater will host Boulder performance poet/social justice activist Norma Johnson as she performs her poems about race and racism to inspire group conversation and reflection. Award winning saxophonist Dexter Payne will interweave musical reflection and accompaniment. The event is being held at the Dairy Center for the Arts, Carsen Theater. It is intended for adults and children 10 years of age or older who are accompanied by an engaged parent.

From 4 to 6 p.m., the Alfalfa’s Community Room (1651 Broadway) will be the venue for Peers Building Justice’s event, MLK Day: A Racial Justice Conversation, where attendees will explore themes of racial justice through graphic arts, video and poetry. This event is youth led and is encouraging the community to come engage in social justice topics.

Then, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., high school students and adults will participate in an interactive workshop that honors Dr. King's advocacy for the rights of Native Americans. Participants will experience the colonization of Turtle Island (North America) from the perspective of the 800 Indigenous nations who lived here before the arrival of Europeans. This workshop will be held in the Parlor Room, First United Methodist Church (1421 Spruce St.).
For more information on the events, see The day of events is sponsored by: Boulder MLK Planning Committee; City of Boulder: Human Relations Commission, Youth Opportunities Program (YOAB) & the Office of Human Rights. 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration poster pdf

For more information call Allison Bayley, City of Boulder Youth Opportunities Program/Department of Human Services, at 303-441-4349.

New for 2017 - Human Relations Fund

Beginning in 2017, the Human Relations Commission (HRC) will be accepting applications for the Human Relations Fund (HRF). This fund replaces the Community Event Fund and the Community Impact Fund. The HRC is committed to supporting community-initiated activities that raise awareness on emerging civil-rights issues and problems in Boulder; facilitate interaction, understanding, collaboration and civic participation among diverse communities; and enable members of Boulder’s communities to celebrate events significant to them while they provide learning opportunities to the general population.
The HRC encourages funding requests from nonprofit organizations that address or provide leadership development, youth involvement and collaborations with other groups to promote inclusivity and respect for diversity.
Awards are made quarterly with deadlines in January, April, July and October. Only events that occur during the calendar year of their HRF funding will be considered.
For more information, funding guidelines and an application: 2017 HRF Guidelines and Application pdf 
For more information about the Human Relations Fund, please contact Carmen Atilano at or 303-441-3141. Please email applications to or mail to Human Relations Fund, Community Relations Department of Human Services, City of Boulder, PO BOX 791, Boulder, CO 80306.


Safe and Welcoming Community Information Meeting took place on Monday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. at Boulder High School

More information and the agenda can be found here.


Inaugural Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration October 9 and 10, 2016

On October 9 and 10, Boulder celebrated its inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration. Boulder’s celebration is part of a national effort to recognize and honor the existence, culture and contributions of the original inhabitants of North America on the day that has for the past 82 years been observed as Columbus Day.

  • October 9 kicked of the weekend's events in City Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway from 2 - 5 p.m.
  • October 10 had various attivities at City Park and the Band Shell, SE Corner of Broadway and Canyon from noon - 2:30 p.m.
  • October 10 continued celebration at the Museum of Boulder, 2205 Broadway from 3 - 7:30 p.m.

All events were free and open to the public.

For more information, please see the Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration flyer pdf


Community Relations is committed to encouraging, supporting and advancing efforts which fulfill human needs and protect civil rights of the Boulder community.

Community Relations encourages interaction based on respect and understanding among the various communities that make up the Boulder population and ensures protection of rights afforded to Boulder residents by the Human Rights Ordinance, the local anti-discrimination law. Additionally, as part of Community Relations, the Office of Human Rights enforces the city's Failure to Pay Wages ordinance.

Community Relations supports Boulder's Human Relations Commission in social policy development and its role as the quasi-judicial body for resolution of Human Rights Ordinance cases, and administers small grants for community events and community impact projects.

For further information, please call us at 303-441-3141.

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