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.
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:
|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|
||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|
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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.