Human Rights Commission
Accepting Nominations for the Chaska Human Rights Award
Do you know an individual or organization that has shown special effort to ensure all Chaskans are treated fairly and have access to equal opportunities? You are invited to nominate members of the Chaska community who have shown extraordinary dedication to ensure the social well-being of Chaska residents. Nominations will be accepted through November 15, 2018, and can be submitted using the Chaska Human Rights Award Form.
- Barbara Colhapp
- Sarah Carlson
- Judy Dunbar Vice Chairperson
- Robert Kim
- Celi Haga
- Donzel Leggett
- Jennifer Welvaert Chairperson
- Lisa White (1st Alternate)
The purpose of the commission is to secure for all citizens, through education and prevention, equal opportunities for employment, housing, public information, public services, education, fair treatment, and full participation in affairs of the community.
The commission's mission is to proactively partner with government, business, educators, religious, service, and other organizations to promote a community of harmony and respect for the rights and dignity of all.
Member Term Regulations
Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed for 3-year terms, eligible for up to 3 terms for a maximum of 9 years. Terms are staggered. By ordinance, appointments are to be made at the first Council meeting in January of each year. Each member is expected to attend at least 1 meeting per month in the evenings, and devote approximately 5 hours per month to commission business outside of the meetings.
Members will work in small groups on specific projects and are expected to have an interest in human rights issues as they relate to such topics as housing, employment, public accommodations, education, and public services.