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Human Rights Commission
  • 7:30 p.m.*
  • Fourth Wednesday of each month*
  • Rockville City Hall
    111 Maryland Avenue
    Rockville, MD 20850
           * Time and day are subject to change. Please contact the staff liaison with questions.

Agendas and Minutes
Agendas and agenda materials are generally available the
week of each scheduled meeting. Minutes are available after Commission decisions are finalized.

View Agendas and Minutes


  • Courtney Proctor, Chair                     Term Expires:June 1, 2019
  • Jody Volk, Vice Chair                          Term Expires: January 1, 2020 
  • Deborah Cohen
    Term Expires: September 1, 2018
  • Alonzo Smith
    Term Expires: April 1, 2018
  • Tolulope Odunlami
           Term Expires: July 1, 2019
  • Irfan Murtuza
          Term Expires: January 1, 2020
  • Ben Shnider
    Term Expires: September 1, 2018
  • Harry Iceland
    Term Expires: March 1, 2018
  • Yuliyana Ivanova
          Term Expires: March 1, 2018
  • Wangari Kamau
          Term Expires: April 1, 2019


About the Commission
The Human Rights Commission (HRC) is an 11-member group of volunteers, appointed by the Mayor and Council, to ensure equal treatment, free from discrimination for people who live, visit or work in the City of Rockville. The HRC is charged with minimizing the effects of conflict and promoting appreciation of diversity within the City. To meet these goals, the commission provides a variety of programs and services.

The HRC reviews and/or hears investigated complaints of discrimination, and offers findings. To promote and facilitate resolutions to conflicts, the HRC provides free mediation services to people in the City who may find themselves in conflict with a neighbor, landlord, tenant or business. Mediation helps parties clarify and resolve their disputes amicably for their mutual benefit.

In addition to protecting rights, reducing conflict and promoting human relations, the HRC sponsors educational and cultural programs that promote global thinking, encourage civic awareness and/or reflect the rich diversity found in the City.

The HRC also hosts voter registration days during election years.

To promote diversity and to improve human relations, it is important for the commission to know and understand the issues that face the many communities that comprise our City. To that end, the commission is seeking ways to inform our residents about the HRC and to learn more about their concerns. The HRC also would like to invite residents from all of our communities to apply for a commissioner position as vacancies occur.

If you are interested in having a representative of the HRC make a brief presentation to your group about commission activities or mediation, call the commission liaison at 240-314-8316.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

The commission sponsors the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, which commemorates the work of Dr. King while celebrating and bringing together the diverse community. As part of the celebration, the commission awards annually the F. Michael Taff and Martin Luther King Jr. Youth awards.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award is given to a student from a Rockville high school who has worked to fulfill Dr. King's dream. Complete the Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Award nomination form.  

Also presented at the celebration, is the F. Michael Taff Award to a business, organization or adult that has helped to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Complete the F. Michael Taff Award nomination form.

Multimedia Contest

The Human Rights Commission challenges the minds of the City's high school students to think locally and/or globally about human rights issues by sponsoring a multimedia contest. Students are given a human rights topic to develop a product (video, art, photo, essay, poem, etc.) that serves as a means of creating awareness for the writers and the readers.


To engage the community on topics that have a local and global impact, the Human Rights Commission hosts a variety of forums throughout the year. 

Diversity Leadership Workshop
An annual workshop that is designed to give youth the skills to recognize prejudice and isolation and build an inclusive school and community.

For more information about the next workshop, contact Janet Kelly at 240-314-8316 or .

Staff Liaison
Janet Kelly | Email
Neighborhood Resources Division
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Ph: 240-314-8316