Human Rights Commission

The Owatonna Human Rights Commission believes that all people should have the same status in respect to civil rights, human rights, freedom of speech, property rights, and economics opportunity.  In addition, the commission believes in the value of inclusion and justice for all cultures and races. We welcome diversity and recognize the rights of all people to live their lives with dignity free from discrimination, fear, violence and hatred.

Mission:  Promoting cultural diversity by educating the community on issues of discrimination and advising the city council on human rights issues.  

Welcoming Week - September 19-23, 2022

  • Jim Gunderson, Chairman
  • Ethan Cords, Vice Chairman
  • Jamie Vanoosbree, Secretary
  • Dave Emanuelson
  • Susie Effertz
  • Ryan Gillespie
  • John Worden

     Planned Activities for 2022 Welcoming Week:  

  1. September 19th - Kick off of Welcoming Week with ribbon cutting on the mural, welcome Walk across the river, behind the Chamber, food trucks, booths, and music 
  2. September 22nd -  6:30 pm at the Library,  Documentary artist James A. Bowey will share stories and photographs from "When Home Won't Let You Stay", his traveling exhibition about refugees in Minnesota. 
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Regular Meetings

Meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room of the City Administration Building.

Agendas & Minutes 

Agendas are available 3 days prior to the meeting. Draft of Minutes will be available following staff review and posted to the website when  approved.  You may view copy of the OHRC Agendas and Minutes in the  Agenda Center.