In fulfillment of its purpose, the commission's duties and responsibilities shall be to:
A. Adopt bylaws and rules for the conduct of its affairs including the election, assumption of duties and definition of responsibilities of officers and committees.
B. Enlist the cooperation of agencies, organizations and individuals in the community in an active program directed to create equal opportunity and eliminate discrimination and inequalities.
C. Formulate a human relations program for the city to give increased effectiveness and direction to the work of all individuals and agencies addressing themselves to planning, policy making and educational programming in the area of civil and human rights.
D. Advise the mayor, the City Council and other agencies of the government of human relations and civil rights problems. Act in an advisory capacity with respect to planning or operation of any city department on issues of civil and human rights and recommend the adoption of such specific policies or actions as are needed to provide for full equal opportunity in the community.
E. Develop such programs of formal and informal education as will assist in the implementation of the Minnesota state act against discrimination, and provide for the commission's assumption of leadership in recognizing and resolving potential problem areas in the community. (Ord. 566, 2-19-1968; amd. 1995 Code)
F. Monitor statistical and other data trends in our city and identify and recommend to the city council ways to encourage mutual understanding among our citizens about the community’s diversity through, but not limited to:
1. connecting and partnering with neighborhood, community, educational, business and social services groups and organizations;
2. co-sponsoring citywide neighborhood or facilitating community events which would include opportunities for heritage and cultural events; and
3. programs for engaging citizens and community leaders in a holistic approach including dialogues, education and training about diversity issues.
(Ord. 1381, 4-27-2009)