The Human Rights Commission ensures that residents of the Town enjoy equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy life in the Town regardless of their race, color, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, marital, family or military status, socio-economic status, ex-offender status, or disability.

The Commission supports the human rights of groups, organizations, and individuals against discrimination in housing, employment, education, public accommodations, town services, insurance, banking, credit and health care.

The Commission was created by a vote of Town Meeting in November 2017.

Members

The Human Rights Commission has 13 members who are appointed to 2-year terms by the Board of Selectmen, with some being recommended by other bodies. The high school student member is appointed for a 1-year term. All members' terms expire in July. Members are meant to be diverse in their demographics so as to better represent all those in Town. Current members include:

NAME ROLE TERM APPOINTED BY
Margaret Adams Member 2020 Board of Selectmen
Robert Blaney Member 2020 Youth Commission
Joseph Borsellino Member 2021 Board of Selectmen
Mayanne Briggs Member 2020 School Committee
Michael Buckley
Member 2020 Chief of Police
Will Dashe Student member 2019 Board of Selectmen
Steve Heaslip Member 2019 Board of Selectmen
Chris Kelly Member 2021 Board of Selectmen
Amy Lafont Member 2020 Board of Selectmen
Diane Loud Member 2020 Commission on Disability
Lianna Manos Member 2019 Board of Selectmen
Margaret Matthews Member 2020 Housing Authority
Russell Poole Member 2020 Council on Aging

Contact

Town boards and committees are staffed by volunteers who may not be available during business hours. If you need a response during business hours, please contact the Town Manager's Office.

Meetings

Public meeting dates and times are posted at Town Hall and the Dedham Public Library at least 48 hours before each meeting in compliance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law. Meeting agendas will also be posted on this website.