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 currently has one youth member. 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.

City Council Approves Conversion Therapy Ban --> View the interview with Thomas Brooks, Equity and Inclusion Manager

In a unanimous decision November 8, City of Roseville council members voted to ban “conversion therapy” within the city.

Conversion therapy is a practice used to try to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It is most often practiced on minors and other vulnerable adults who may be unable to consent to the therapy.

The vote was proposed to the Human Rights Inclusion and Engagement Commission (HRIEC) in April by a concerned citizen. After six months of engagement and public comment on the ordinance, the council voted on the ban this week.

Thomas Brooks speaks about HRIEC Conversion Therapy Ban.
  • 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.
Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission Duties and Functions

Ending Violence towards the Asian Community

In May of 2021, Roseville Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission Vice Chair Grace Lee moderated the NineNorth Compass Series: Ending violence towards the Asian Community. The program brought awareness to the substantial increase in hate crimes against members of the Asian community, how this violence is greatly undermining the sense of security among Asian-Americans, and what can be done about it. Lee was joined in the discussion by panelists Huyen-Vy Nguyen, Rose Chu, and Ku Gay Nahpay.
Commission Members                                                                                       Contact Information
Keith Allen
Amanda Becker
Etienne Djevi
Paul Haas
Richard James
David Sindiga
Kathryn Macomber 417-319-1231
Laura Palmquist
Adepeju Solarin 
Contact Entire Commission Contact Form

Youth Commissioner

  • Beverly Yiling Xie

Staff Liason

  • Thomas Brooks, Equity and Inclusion Manager
  • 651-792-7029
  • 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.

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 Equity and Inclusion Manager Thomas Brooks at 651-792-7029.
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 Equity and Inclusion Manager Thomas Brooks, 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 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 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the Roseville area.

2022 Topic for Essay Contest

  • Following the pandemic, how can you and your fellow students become more involved in helping to improve, reconnect, and unite the Roseville community? 

    The Roseville Human Rights, Inclusion and Engagement Commission invites middle school students to address the question by writing an essay or poem or by creating a visual form of media such as a poster, collage, photo, or photo essay.  At this time, videos will not be accepted.   

Contest Topic and Entry Form