Phoenix Human Relations Commission

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To promote respect and understanding among all groups by eliminating discrimination throughout the city of Phoenix.


The Human Relations Commission meets monthly on the third Monday of the month. The commission is staffed by the Equal Opportunity Department. All meetings are open to the public. The commission invites interested persons to join in working on its activities and projects.  


The Phoenix Human Relations Commission is made up of 17 volunteer citizens appointed by the mayor and City Council. It advises the City Council on human relations issues and assists in implementing the city's policy against discrimination. The commission operates or supports various programs designed to promote positive intergroup relations. 

Membership applications are available at

Phoenix Human Relations Commission Brochure
Information on March 28, 2013 changes to the Human Relations Ordinance


HRC Call for 2022 Annual Nominations for Human Rights Awards

The Phoenix Commission on Human Relations (HRC) is accepting nominations for its 2022 Human Rights Awards program to recognize individuals who have made an impact on the quality of life in Phoenix.

Nominees are sought annually for the Calvin C. Goode Lifetime Achievement and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream awards that will be presented at the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration in January.

The Lifetime Achievement Award will recognize an individual who has made Phoenix a better place to live through a lifelong dedication of promoting social and economic justice and civil rights.

The Living the Dream Award will honor individuals who embody the ideas of Dr. King through a personal commitment to human relations and social justice.

Apply at 2022 MLK Awards On-Line Nominations. The nomination deadline is Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at 5 p.m.

*Nominations for youth are encouraged.