Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission

Meetings: Generally the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. with several exceptions. Visit the calendar on the city's homepage for meeting dates.


The Roseville Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters of human rights, inclusion and engagement. The commission has nine members and two youth members. The scope, duties and functions of the commission are to:

Racial Equity and Inclusion

To learn more about the City of Roseville's ongoing work on Racial Equity and Inclusion visit the city's Racial Equity and Inclusion webpage.
  • Evaluate – The commission shall review and evaluate on an ongoing basis the City’s outreach efforts, policies, activities and engagement opportunities to ensure the best and the most equitable practices are being used to engage residents and businesses with the work of the City.
  • Advise – The commission shall advise the city council on strategies to improve outreach and communication and increase engagement, equity and inclusiveness in the City’s efforts to foster a sense of community with residents and businesses.
  • Engage – the commission may engage residents and businesses through city council-approved programs, events and projects that support the commission’s purpose.
Commission Members                                                                                       Contact Information
Keith Allen
Monica Bolinger
Etienne Djevi
Richard James
Grace Lee
Kathryn Macomber 417-319-1231
Lauren Peterson
Contact Entire Commission Contact Form

Youth Commissioner

  • Beverly Yiling Xie

Staff Liason

  • Rebecca Olson, Assistant City Manager
  • 651-792-7446
  • Email

Agendas & Minutes

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In April 2017, the City Council combined the Human Rights Commission and the Community Engagement Commission. Agendas, Meeting Packets and Minutes of those commissions are available at:

Meeting Information

The Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., barring conflicts with holidays.

Most meetings are shown live on Roseville Cable Channel 16. You can also view webstreamed meetings:
Please note that all meetings are best viewed using Chrome (PC) or Safari (Mac) browsers. Internet Explorer is not recommended and may lead to viewing difficulties.

Roseville Proclaims February Black History Month

Roseville has joined communities across the nation to declare February to be Black History Month. Black History Month is a time for everyone to reflect on the contributions that African Americans have made to the nation.

In 2021, the theme for Black History Month is The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity. It celebrates African American families and recognizes the strength of families, and the diversity and identity within the African American community.

On January 25, the City Council approved Roseville’s Black History Month Proclamation. The city encourages the Roseville community to renew its commitment to ensuring racial equality, understanding,  and justice.  Residents are encouraged to take time this month to learn about the significant contributions that African Americans have made to the nation’s economic strength, history, music, arts, national defense, written word, discoveries, inventions and more.

Black History Month 2021

The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity

BHM 2021_The Black Family

The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy. Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time.

The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents. Not only are individual black families diasporic, but Africa and the diaspora itself have been long portrayed as the black family at large.

While the role of the black family has been described by some as a microcosm of the entire race, its complexity as the “foundation” of African American life and history can be seen in numerous debates over how to represent its meaning and typicality from a historical perspective—as slave or free, as patriarchal or matriarchal/matrifocal, as single-headed or dual-headed household, as extended or nuclear, as fictive kin or blood lineage, as legal or common law, and as black or interracial, etc. Variation appears, as well, in discussions on the nature and impact of parenting, childhood, marriage, gender norms, sexuality, and incarceration. The family offers a rich tapestry of images for exploring the African American past and present.

Victims of Discrimination or Human Rights Violation: Filing a Human Rights Complaint

Your human rights are important to protect and defend! If you believe you have been the victim of discrimination or a human rights violation, you are encouraged to contact the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. You can either call their office, visit the office in person, or fill out the form online. If you need any assistance connecting with these resources, you may contact Assistant City Manager Rebecca Olson at 651-792-7446.
Minnesota Department of Human Rights
Phone: 651-539-1100
TTY: 651-296-1283
Toll Free: 800-657-3704

While the Roseville Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission does not itself investigate or resolve individual claims of discrimination or human rights violations, the Commission provides leadership in the community in prevention of bias and hate crimes through education, collaborative community action and policy and program advice to the City Council.

Do not hesitate to contact Assistant City Manager Rebecca Olson at the City of Roseville, or use the online form to contact the members of the commission. The online form may also be used to suggest issues and topics related to human rights, inclusion, or community engagement for the commission to research and recommend programs or policies to the City Council.

Roseville Speaks Out - Students Express Yourself

The Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission is sponsoring its annual competition for middle and high school students, including home schooled students, who live in or attend school in the Roseville area. The contest is designed to promote understanding of the principles of justice, equality and mutual respect among middle school students in the Roseville area.

2021 Topic

  • The year 2020 has been a one of upheaval and unrest: the death of George Floyd (and other people of color), protests against police brutality, calls for reform, calls for basic human rights, the rise of the Black Lives Matter, and COVID-19. These events have had profound effects on our community and on our lives. 

    The Roseville Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission invites students to create something that addresses one or more of the issues, expresses why it is important to them and tells how it has changed them.

Contest Topic and Entry Form

2019-20 Essay Contest Winners

Sixth Grade  
Seventh Grade Dual Language Immersion Program
Seventh Grade
Eighth Grade