Human Relations Commission

Meetings

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • 4th Thursday of every month

Members

Method of Appointment

The Commission is composed of 13 members who are appointed by the City Council, upon the recommendation of the Mayor. Seven of the members must be from minority or ethnic groups. All members must be bona fide adults maintaining a permanent residence inside the corporate limits of the City of Winston-Salem.

Number of Members

Thirteen

Terms of Office

Three Years

Chief Staff Person

Wanda Allen-Abraha
Human Relations Director
Phone: 336-734-1226

Current Membership - City Council Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Robert Leak, III, ChairBlack Male2December 2018
Jeffrey Bloomfield, Vice ChairWhite Male1December 2019
Sylvia DuRantWhite Female1December 2020
Sonny HayesBlack Female2December 2019
Joshua PriceWhite Male1December 2020
Ruth SartinWhite Female1December 2019
Barbara SaulpaughWhite Female2December 2019
Sita SomaraAsian Female2December 2018
Fred TaylorBlack Male1December 2020
Kerry WigginsBlack Female1 (Serving more than 50% of an unexpired term (more than one year and seven months of the term has expired)December 2019

Authority for Creation

The authority for establishing the Human Relations Commission is N.C.G.S. 160A-492. The Commission was created by Section 2-210 of the City Code and adopted by the City Council on February 6, 1978.

Purpose/Function

The purpose of the Commission is to study problems of discrimination in any or all fields of human relationship and encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all ethnic groups in the City. For more specific information, see Section 2-211 of the City Code.

Vision

The creation of a citywide environment that is a place where everyone is treated fairly.

Mission

The mission of the Winston-Salem Human Relations Commission ("WSHRC/HRD") is to educate, create, facilitate, promote, anticipate, study, and recommend programs, projects, feedback, and actions for the elimination of discrimination in any and all fields of human relationships.

Duties

  • Study problems of discrimination in any or all fields of human relationship and encourage fair treatment and mutual understanding among all ethnic groups in the city
  • Promote equality of opportunity for all citizens
  • Provide channels of communication among all ethnic groups
  • Encourage the employment of qualified people of all ethnic groups
  • Encourage youth to become better trained and qualified for employment opportunities
  • Anticipate and discover those practices most likely to create animosity and unrest among racial and ethnic groups and by consultation seek a solution as these problems arise or are anticipated
  • Hold such meetings as the commission may deem necessary or proper to assist in carrying out its functions
  • Make recommendations to the city council for action it deems necessary for the furtherance of harmony among racial and ethnic groups in the city
  • Perform duties consistent with general law as may be assigned it from time to time by the city council
  • Perform such other duties as necessary to enforce the powers assigned it in accordance with Article IV, the Fair Housing Ordinance of the City of Winston-Salem, of Chapter 38 of the City Code
  • Facilitate partnerships with fair housing and cultural community organizations to further the purpose of the commission.

The nature and the extent of its policies and programs are determined and set by the commission and shall be implemented within accepted policies and procedures of the city.

Human Relations Commissioners at the 2018 Open House

Human Relations Commissioners at the 2018 Open House

Human Relations Commission and Human Relations Department Director, Wanda Allen Abraha at 2019 Human Relations Student Awards Banquet

Human Relations Commission and Human Relations Department Director, Wanda Allen Abraha

Robert Leak, III, Chairperson

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