Human Rights Commission
- 6:30 p.m.
- 3rd Thursday of each month
- Public Safety Building
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes
|Ash Orr, Chair||June 30, 2022|
||June 30, 2023|
|Bonnie Brown||June 30, 2022
||June 30, 2023
||June 30, 2023|
|Daniel H. Trejo
||June 30, 2022
|Zoey Vilasuso||June 30, 2022|
|Tim Hairston, State HRC Rep.||Indefinite|
Appointments of to the Commission are made by City Council, and all must be residents of the City. All seats are non-ward specific. Upon formation in October 2012, terms are to be staggered: 4 shall serve two-year terms, 3 shall serve one-year terms in the first year. Thereafter, all terms will be staggered two-year terms. All new appointments and reappointments will need to be interviewed at the end of their term.
About the Commission
Morgantown City Council first established a Human Rights Commission in 2001. The work of the Commission was redirected and reactivated in 2012 following National League of Cities designation of Morgantown as an "Inclusive City" in 2006 and collaborative work of an Inclusive City Committee thereafter.
The purpose of the Human Rights Commission is to provide leadership for addressing community interaction and fairness concerns. It works to ensure that the City is not only providing services, but maintaining ways in which a community can live together inclusively, functionally, and justly despite differences, complexities, and conflicts. The Commission focuses on stewardship and service, but also on the quality of community life and the protection of the community from preventable unfair damage to the lives of individual citizens and families.
Filing a Complaint
Below you will find the forms and instruction necessary to file a complaint of discrimination with the City of Morgantown Human Rights Commission. Please click on the appropriate form, print it, fill it out, sign it and then mail or deliver it to the Office of the City Manager ATTN: City of Morgantown Human Rights Commission at 389 Spruce St. Morgantown, WV 26505, or submit the completed form by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Morgantown Human Rights Commission Complaint Form (PDF)
- Complaint Process Flowchart Pt. 1 (PDF)
- Complaint Process Flowchart Pt. 2 (PDF)
- Audio Guide for Complaint Process
Marriage Equality & Nondiscrimination
Morgantown Human Rights Commission showed extraordinary leadership advocating for the fair and equal treatment for LGBT West Virginians earlier in 2015 when the members of the Commission unanimously passed resolutions in support of marriage equality and nondiscrimination. Every single member of the Morgantown City Council unanimously endorsed both resolutions.
A comprehensive non-discrimination protective city code provision was adopted on the city’s two hundred thirty second birthday, October 17, 2017. “Morgan’s Town” was founded on October 17, 1785.
The City Council also endorsed both a "Welcome Statement (PDF)" and a "Resolution Supporting the Rights of Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees (PDF)" in May of 2017.
- Internal Operating Procedures (PDF)
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan - Adopted March 3, 2020
- Calendar of Annual Human Rights Observances (PDF)
- Human Rights Needs Survey 2014 Report (PDF)
- Human Rights Complaint Form - Adopted July 19, 2018
- Human Rights Commission Complaint Procedures - Adopted July 19, 2018
- Resolution on Employment and Housing Non-Discrimination - 2014
- Resolution on Marriage Equality - 2014
- Resolution on Requiring Compliance with Accessibility Design Standards - 2015
- Resolution Supporting a Just Transition for Coal Workers - 2015
- Resolution Supporting the Morgantown 'Welcome Statement' - 2017
- A Resolution Supporting the Rights of Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylees - 2017
- Ordinance on Non-Discrimination - Adopted October 17, 2017
- Resolution Establishing a Minority Liaisons Council - 2019
- Resolution Authorizing the "Open to All" Campaign - 2019
- Ordinance Prohibiting Bullying in City Service, Activities, Programs and Facilities Serving Youth - Adopted July 2, 2019
- Resolution to Support "CROWN" Non-Discrimination in the city and in the State of West Virginia - 2021
- Resolution for Affirming and Strengthening Community Policing - 2021
- Ordinance Amending City Civil Rights Code to Prohibit Conversion Therapy - Amended October 19, 2021