Human Relations Commission

The Topeka Human Relations Commission (THRC) is a nine member Board of Commissioners who are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of the City Council. The mission of the THRC is to conduct outreach and educational activities that promote justice and cultural understanding, and improve relationships among all citizens of Topeka.

Human Relations Commission Meetings

The HRC normally meets on the 1st Monday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm in the 1st floor conference room of City Hall, 215 SE 7th Street. Please check the public calendar for upcoming meetings.

Troy Scroggins Award

The Troy Scroggins Awards are presented to deserving individuals and organizations for their efforts in furthering the HRC’s mission, which is “to ensure fair and equal rights to all citizens of Topeka.” The HRC Troy Scroggins Award recognizes outstanding achievements in ameliorating discrimination and prejudice based on race, sex, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, and sexual orientation and advancing diversity in the city of Topeka.

 
Nominate an individual or organization for a Troy Scroggins award here.
Troy Scroggins Nomination Packet (PDF)

Membership

The Topeka Human Relations Commission shall consist of nine members to be drawn from individuals with disabilities and from diverse gender, racial, ethnic, commercial, and industrial segments of the community. The commissioners shall reside within the corporate limits of the city. The commissioners shall be appointed by the mayor from council nominations, and such appointments shall be confirmed by the council.

Apply to be a commissioner.

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Commissioner TaZaras Isom

Term: July 10, 2017 – January 1, 2020
Bio to come.

Commissioner Darcella Goodman

Term: February 1, 2018 – February 1, 2020
I was raised in Topeka for most of my life. My late husband, Danny, and I founded a company back in 1989 called, G-Pro Janitorial and Training, LLC, and since his death in 2015, I’ve been continuing to operate the business, even expanding it to an online teaching school.

I have a sweet little rascal of a Chihuahua mix named Moo Moo. I have a grown son named, James, who has four children that are my sweethearts. I’m a board member of the Doorstep organization, a retired board member of Temple Beth Sholom.

Starting in January 2019 I’ll be serving as the new president of the Topeka Unit NAACP. And I’ve served on the Human Relations Commission for the last several years and feel honored to do so.

Commissioner Luis Estrada

Term: August 8, 2018 – February 29, 2020
Luis Estrada has been a resident of Topeka since 1994. Born in Mexico and raised briefly in Southern California. Currently he is the Community Mobilizer for El Centro Inc in Topeka and Shawnee County. The focus of his work is in strengthening communities and improving the lives of Latinos and others through educational, social and economic opportunities.

He is a Highland Park H.S graduate. He briefly attended Washburn University where he focused on Graphic Design with intentions of pursuing a career in Marketing and Advertising. He has been Technician on Ophthalmic Lab equipment for local companies and was a Banker at a national financial institution. He Ultimately realized his heart is on helping improve the health and environment of the neighborhoods he grew up in.

Other boards and councils he serves on include: YWCA’s Advocacy Committee, East Topeka Council, SPCR Council, Included Board and the EMBD Council. He was nominated for The Jayhawk Area Councils 20U40, received his certificate from The Latino Leadership Collaborative in 2018 and will form part of Leadership Greater Topeka’s Class of 2019.

Commissioner Cynthia Hopp

Term: March 20, 2018 – March 21, 2020
Bio to come.

Commissioner Lorean Williams

Term: June 2, 2018 – June 2, 2020
Bio to come.

Commissioner Rehan Reza

Term: June 8, 2018 – June 8, 2020
Rehan Reza is currently the State Secretary of the Kansas Democratic Party. He is the first Asian American to hold this State level position. Rehan first joined the Kansas Democratic Party (KDP) in 2004. Since then, he has been a longstanding and progressive supporter of the KDP. Over the decade he has selflessly given his time and financial support for the just causes of the Party. He is the Chairman and Founder of the Kansas Asian American Pacific Islander Caucus.

Rehan Reza takes his community and social commitments seriously and plays an active role in any organization he gets involved with. He is an active member of the Topeka Downtown Rotary Club, board member for Let’s Help and Bangladesh Association of Greater Kansas City (BAGKC), president of the Islamic Center of Topeka, and the a commissioner for the Ethnic Enrichment Commission and the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission.

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Commissioner William Naeger

Term: December 5, 2018 – July 7, 2020
Bio to come.

Commissioner Jamie Crispin

Term: August 8, 2018 – March 8, 2021
Jamie Crispin believes in the power of civic engagement and has always been an advocate of change through volunteering. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Spanish from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters in Arts in Sociology from the University of Warwick in England.

After college, Mrs. Crispin was a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and taught English as a Foreign Language as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. These experiences allowed her to see the impact volunteerism can have in our communities and on our own personal development.

Since then, Mrs. Crispin has worked for AmeriCorps NCCC, United Way of Greater Topeka, Kansas Children’s Discovery Center and Baker University where she has been able to enact change by engaging volunteers and students. Currently, she is the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at the Kansas Volunteer Commission where she helps organizations build their capacity through training and funding opportunities.

She is one of eight individuals who have earned the Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA) in Kansas. She is proud to be Chair for the City of Topeka Human Relations Commission and the President of the Managers of Volunteer Engagement (MOVE) of Topeka. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to true crime podcasts and chasing her two sons through life.