The Human Rights Commission is comprised of 15 members representing a broad spectrum of the community, including, but without limitation to the following factors: areas of expertise, advocacy experience, community involvement, profession, education, race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion and geographic identification. Members must live, work, worship, or be enrolled in school within the City of Portland.
Members are expected to participate at all monthly meetings (or pre-arrange absences) on the first Wednesday of the month. These meetings normally run about three hours. Commissioners are also asked to participate in at least one sub-committee or special project work. Sub-committee or special projects do require attending additional meeting, and performing tasks, outside of the regular monthly Commission meetings. Additional meetings of the Commission are held as needed to respond to events, conduct hearings and forums, or extend the work of the Commission.
The Commission encourages applications from youth and students for up to two positions on the Commission.
Applications are below. All instructions are listed in the application.