About the Human Rights Commission

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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission is to promote and protect the diversity of our community and to improve human relations through education and community awareness.

Key Focus for 2018-2019:

  • Community Recognition
  • Elder Abuse
  • Senior and Dependent Adult Bill of Rights
  • Outreach
  • Ongoing - Mediation Services
  • Community Service Awards- February 11, 2019

     Community Service Awards Honorees

Commission Meetings 

The City of Palm Springs established the Human Rights Commission in 1992. This nine member Commission is appointed by the City Council and currently meets at 3:00 P.M. the second Monday of each month at City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA.   

Meetings are always open to the public and the Commission invites anyone with a human rights issue or question to speak during public comments at the beginning of each meeting. Public comments are limited to 3 minutes maximum.

To access Commission meeting Agendas, please click here.            

Commission Participating Events:  

  • Palm Springs Dyke Rally
  • Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
  • Veterans Day Parade
  • Riverside County Homeless Point-In-Time Count
  • Black History Month Parade
  • Organized Neighborhoods of Palm Springs (ONE-PS) Picnic & Community Expo
  • Palm Springs Human Rights Commission Community Service Awards
  • Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
  • Other Community Outreach Activities

Documentaries Shown by the Commission:

 "for my wife..."  This award winning documentary film humanizes the struggle for full LGBT marriage equality through the story of Kate Fleming and Charlene Strong.

(Pictured here are Charlene Strong, Attorney Christopher Heritage and former Human Rights Commissioner Steve Bolerjack during the Q&A following the screening of "for my wife...")

"The Purepecha 'Poorest of the Poor'" This documentary traces the struggle of these Mesoamerican people who settled in a dilapidated trailer park known as Duroville on the Torres-Martinez Reservation in Thermal, about 30 miles east of Palm Springs.

  "Storied Streets" This documentary film, directed by Jack Robbins and executive produced by Susan Sarandon, profiles the homeless and the formerly homeless and their struggle to survive. Their raw and compelling stories will change the way you feel about homelessness.


Mediation Services:

Trained mediators are available to offer their services free to the community. Mediation helps resolve disputes before they can escalate into violence or litigation.  The Human Rights Commission mediates complaints of discrimination as prescribed by City Municipal Code that can be found on the City Clerk's webpage page.  All parties must mutually agree to participate.

File a complaint:  Complaint of Discrimination Form

Documents Available:  

Contact the Commission:

For more information about the Commission, please contact:
Dale Cook, Commission Staff Liaison
Phone: 760-323-8198     TDD: 760- 864-9527


Glenn Flood
 Term: 06-30-2021
 Denise Chappel, Vice Chair
 Term: 06-30-2021
 Terrie Andrade
 Term: 06-30-2021

 Jilska Chandrasena - (Acting)

 Term: 06-30-2019
 Ron deHarte, Chair - (Acting)
 Term: 06-30-2019
 Ryan Miccio - (Acting)
 Term: 06-30-2019
 Jim Gross
 Term: 06-30-2020
 David Morgan
 Term: 06-30-2020
 Nicky Randolph
 Term: 06-30-2020

Student Representatives:

The Human Rights Commission has two non-voting student representatives, one from Raymond Cree Middle School and one from Palm Springs High School

HRC Student Representative Self-Nomination Form


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