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Human Relations Commission

About the Commission

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On behalf of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission (HRC), we welcome you to our website. We are excited that you are interested in learning about our mission to promote activities that foster understanding, respect, and inclusion. We believe in protecting basic Human and Civil Rights, while ensuring that San Diegans have the resources available to make positive impacts in their lives. Our goal is to provide you with content and resources that will empower you to exercise your motivation to be part of a solution. 

The HRC is comprised of some of the region's most talented and community-focused volunteers that San Diego has to offer. As an advisory commission to the Mayor and City Council, the HRC is empowered to collaborate with civic institutions, educate the public, investigate policy to make our city better, advocate on issues to the Mayor and Council, and mediate disputes of discrimination, exclusion, and bias in the City of San Diego. On this website you will find information about the Commission, useful resources and City services, as well as information on meetings, speakers, and existing partnerships. You can also request that a commissioner come to your neighborhood or community group to speak on a variety of social issues.

Thank you again for making the time to visit our website and learning more about the Human Relations Commission.


  • Conduct and promote activities that foster mutual respect and understanding.
  • Protect basic human and civil rights.
  • Create an atmosphere that promotes amicable relations among all members of the San Diego community.

For more information on the commission, please see: PDF icon City Ordinance Establishing HRC


The Commission...

  • advises the Mayor and City Council on methods to assure that all city residents have equal access to economic, political and educational opportunities and equal access to service protection and accommodation in all businesses and public agencies.
  • collaborates with community groups to create comprehensive educational programs address interracial, inter-religious and intercultural understanding.
  • investigates and mediates discrimination complaints of employment, housing and public accommodations.


There are 17 Commission members; eight appointed by the Mayor and one nominated by each of the nine City Council Members. The Commissioners are confirmed by City Council and serve staggered four-year terms. The Commission's staff consists of an Executive Director and Executive Secretary.

Commission Meetings

The public is encouraged to attend meetings and bring to the Commission's attention any human relations' problem, idea or concern.

Third Wednesday, every month
6 p.m.
Meeting Agendas and Minutes

To receive Commission meeting agendas, announcements for Commission events and programs, or to be included on the Commission's mailing list, please contact us.