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Nominations being Accepted: Troy Scroggins Award

The mission of the Human Relations Commission is to conduct outreach and educational activities that promote justice and cultural understanding, and improve relationships among all citizens of the City of Topeka.

The Topeka Human Relations Commission meets the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the Cyrus K. Holliday building. The meetings are open to the public.

For special accommodations, please call 785-368-3606 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at least three days in advance of the meeting.

To fully protect your rights we recommend that you contact the appropriate state or federal civil rights agency to file a complaint.


Ban-the-Box is the box on the employment application that asks if an individual has been convicted of a crime. A town hall meeting about this movement is scheduled to last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 17, at the Holliday building, 620 S.E. Madison.

View the announcement flier.

Employment or Public Accommodations Discrimination Contact
Kansas Human Rights Commission, Topeka office
Main number: 785-296-3206
Toll free: 1-888-793-6874
Fax number 785-296-0589
TDD: 785-296-0245
Address: 900 SW Jackson, Suite 568-S, Topeka, KS 66612-1258 (Walk-ins are always welcome)
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday -Friday


U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Kansas City Area Office
Phone: 1-800-669-4000
Fax number: 913-551-6957
TTY: 1-800-669-6820
Address: Gateway Tower II, 4th & State Ave., 9th Floor, Kansas City, KS 66101 (Walk-in visit between 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Landlord – Tenant Complaints / Issues Contact

Housing & Credit Counseling Inc. (HCCI), Topeka Office
Phone: 785-234-0217
Fax number: 785-234-0237
Para Español: 1-800-383-0217 ext. 305
Address: 1195 SW Buchanan, Suite 101, Topeka, KS 66604

Purpose: The purpose of the Human Relations Commission is to endeavor to eliminate prejudice among various racial, ethnic and other groups in the city and to further goodwill among all people of the city. The commission and each commissioner shall fulfill the duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Code of the City of Topeka.

Membership: In accordance with City Code 2.55.030, the Human Relations Commission shall consist of nine members appointed by the Mayor and approved by council. Members of the commission shall serve two-year terms. Members shall not serve beyond the end of their appointed terms. Upon expiration of a term, the position shall remain vacant until a successor is appointed. Members shall be drawn from diverse racial, ethnic, commercial, industrial and other segments of the community and shall be city residents. Members shall serve without compensation.

Authority: Ordinance 18382
Term: Two years
Term limits: None. No provisions for removal
Meets: 1st Monday, 5:45 pm

Commissioners and end term dates:
Lorean Williams, Chair, 06/07/18
Darcella Goodman, Co-Chair: 02/01/18
Crystal Irwin: 02/28/18
Joyce Grigsby: 01/01/18
Reza Rehan: 06/07/18
Orion Jordan: 06/07/18
Patricia Dahl: 06/07/18

City Contact: Monique Glaudeˊ, 785-368-4470

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