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Human Relations Commission

Promoting human dignity, equal opportunity, mutual respect and harmony

If you would like to be considered for service on the Human Relations Commission, please complete the online interest form.




Raleigh Pathways Center
900 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Mailing Address:
Human Relations 
P.O. Box 590
Raleigh, NC 27602


The second Thursday of each month
May 14, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Raleigh Municipal Building
Council Chambers
222 W. Hargett Street
Raleigh, NC 27601

Public Participation

Everyone is invited to attend meetings of the Commission.

If you would like to schedule an appearance before the Commission, contact city staff liaison, Marquita Mbonu, at 919-996-5740.


The City of Raleigh's Human Relations Commission (RHRC) advises the City Council in the area of human services and human rights. The Human Relations Commission works to promote human dignity, equal opportunity and harmony among Raleigh residents. Promoting activities and programs for residents without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, or national origin. The commission sponsors a number of activities that promote diversity and human relations.


The Commission sponsors a number of activities that promote diversity and human relations. Among them:

Human Relations Commission Awards

The annual Human Relations Awards recognize those who make outstanding contributions to advancing human rights in our city. Awards go to individuals, organizations, businesses and students.

Mayor's Unity Day Celebration

This annual event brings people together to share ideas that enhance understanding of diverse cultures and improve human relations. Community, faith, business and education leaders, along with residents who want to strengthen human relations, come together to learn about diversity, share insights and build an open and inviting community.

Human Services Grants

The Commission reviews requests from human services agencies seeking grants from the City and makes recommendations to the City Council. The grants are awarded annually to nonprofits that serve the elderly, youth, those with handicaps, those who abuse substances and homeless.

Human Service Grant Guidelines
Human Service Grant Application

Community Dialogues

The Commission sponsored a series of dialogues that engaged the public in how the City of Raleigh can best serve its increasingly diverse population.


    Human Relations Commission Members
    Chris Moutos
    Serving: 3rd Re-Term
    3/19/2018 - 3/18/2020
    Wrenia Bratts-Brown
    Serving: 3rd Term
    4/16/2018 - 4/15/2020
    Keith Karlsson
    Serving: 2nd Term
    7/5/2018 - 7/6/2020
    Taty Padilla
    Serving: 2nd Term
    3/16/2018 - 3/15/2020
    Nura Elhentaty
    Serving: 1st Term
    4/3/2019 - 4/2/2021
    Tanzeel Chohan
    Serving: 3rd Re-Term
    4/16/2018 - 4/15/2020
    Emily Kissee
    Serving: 2nd Term
    James Purington
    Serving: 3rd Term
    6/6/2018 - 6/7/2020
    Bearta Al Chahar
    Serving: 1st Term
    1/23/19 - 1/21/21
    Melissa Florer-Bixler
    Serving: 2nd Term
    2/21/2018 - 2/20/2020
    Byron Laws
    Serving: 1st Term
    6/19/2019 - 6/18/2021
    Mary Thompson
    Serving: 1st Term
    7/4/2018 - 7/3/2020