Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission shall be an advisory body to the Village Board and its Boards and Commissions, and its mission shall be to foster and promote an inclusive community where all racial, ethnic, gender, religious, sexual orientation and cultural backgrounds feel safe and welcomed. The Human Relations Commission shall also promote increased participation in all aspects of community life and a sense of shared community among all residents.

Recent News and Updates

HRC Work Plan

On Tuesday April 19, the Administration Committee reviewed and approved the Human Relations Commission (HRC) work plan. This work plan has the mission to, “foster and promote an inclusive community where all feel safe and welcome.” Click below to view the work plan. 

HRC Work Plan

Comprehensive Plan

Members of the HRC along with other community institutions met on March 15 at Regina Dominican High School for Wilmette Talk #2 and had a community conversation on a more welcoming Wilmette and what it means to belong. There were two panel discussions that helped to inform where we are as a community and where we want to go. Below are highlights of the evening’s discussion!

Click below for full videos of the evening’s discussion.

Wilmette Poll #2

Please take a few moments to respond to Poll #2 to help shape goals and strategies around the topics of diversity, inclusion, and wellbeing in the comprehensive plan.

Click Here to Take the Survey

 

Members

Per the Village Code, individuals whose terms have expired continue to serve until such time that their replacement has been approved by the Village Board.

  • Gerald Smith, Chair
    • Reappointed 9/1/15. Term end date is TBD
  • Swathi Mothkur
    • Appointed 2/9/21. Term ends 2/9/24
  • Malaika Myers
    • Appointed 2/9/21. Term ends 2/9/24
  • Ann Dronen
    • Appointed 2/9/21. Term ends 2/9/23
  • Van Gilmer
    • Appointed 2/9/21. Term ends 2/9/23
  • Eric Hellige
    • Appointed 2/9/21. Term ends 2/9/23
  • Neela Chandraraj
    • Appointed 4/27/21. Term ends 4/27/22
  • Chloe Molins
    • Appointed 4/27/21. Term ends 4/27/22
  • Vacancy

 

Staff Liaison 

Erik Hallgren, Assistant Village Manager

If you are interested in serving on this or any other board or commission, complete and submit the Talent Bank Questionnaire found here.

 

Preferred Qualifications for Commission Membership

The Village President may give preference to candidates that will foster a Commission consisting of a diverse mix of residents encompassing different races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientation, ages, and socio-economic differences. Preference may be given to residents who are experienced or trained in promoting diversity and cultural understanding, experienced or trained in youth-oriented services, and experienced or trained in promoting Veterans affairs.

Agenda & Minutes

 

This page was updated on 04/27/22.

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