Human Rights & Relations Commission

The Commission is responsible for advising and counseling the Edina City Council on matters relating to discrimination and human relations.

The members implement programs of education and community action which have been approved by the Council; cooperate with State agencies in their programs of human rights; and investigate, study, report and undertake other functions assigned to local commissions.

The Commission consists of nine regular voting members and two student members appointed by the Mayor with the consent of a majority of the Council. Members serve a term of three years, and student members have one-year terms.

The Commission works on human rights-related issues throughout the year in its mission to create a more equitable community for all who live, work, and study in Edina. The Commission annually holds a number of events that celebrated the goal of equity and human rights in both the City of Edina and the state of Minnesota. This includes holding an annual community event titled "Days of Remembrance," in conjunction with the state’s Genocide awareness and prevention month.

In addition, the HRRC annually awards a Tom Oye Award, recognizing members of the community whose good work promotes human relations and advances human rights.

In 2010, the Commission led the way in establishing a Domestic Partnership ordinance. The registry is similar to those in Minneapolis, Duluth and St. Paul. Any two unmarried adults in a committed relationship may apply for domestic partnership certificates in the Office of the City Clerk, as long as one of them lives or works in Edina. Domestic partners will also be eligible for family memberships, registrations or fees offered at City facilities or for City services.


All meetings are open to the public.

7 p.m.
4th Tuesday of the month
Edina City Hall
4801 W. 50th St

Click here to view the archive of meetings.

Staff Information

Staff Liaison:
MJ Lamon

For more information or involvement opportunities, contact the Commission by emailing

Human Rights & Relations Commission Members

Chair: Pat Arseneault
Members:  Catherine Beringer, Heather Edelson, Cindy Edwards, Ellen Kennedy, Kristina Martin, Michelle Meek, Jim Nelson and Maggie Vecchio-Smith.

Student Members: Prasoon Sinha and Connie Chao 

2015 HRRC Bylaws

2017 HRRC Work Plan

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