Human Rights Commission
Fourth Wednesday of each month
City Council Chambers
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Agendas and minutes
|Jennie Eubank||Member||December 31, 2023|
|Veronica Gamino||Secretary||December 31, 2022|
|Linda Larson||Chair||December 31, 2024|
|Matthew Lovick||Member||December 31, 2023|
|Vacant||Member||December 31, 2022|
|Bruce Morlan||Member||December 31, 2023|
|Glenda Orrego||Member||December 31, 2024|
|Adam Wale||Vice-Chair||December 31, 2022|
|Barb Wornson||Member||December 31, 2024|
|Lucy Gonzalez Miron||Advisory Member (non-voting member)||December 31, 2022|
|Mar Valdecantos||Advisory Member (non-voting member)||December 31, 2022|
|Ana George||Youth Representative (voting member)||2022-2023 school year|
|Aidyn Plasch||Youth Representative (non-voting member)||2022-2023 school year|
|Sarah Ripka||Youth Representative (non-voting member)||2022-2023 school year|
|Martin Rosas||Youth Representative (non-voting member)||2022-2023 school year|
*Ordinance 1001 allows for up to fourteen voting members. In addition to nine regular members, one youth voting member, and three youth non-voting members, the Mayor may appoint up to four additional voting or non-voting advisory members.
Contacting the commission
If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.
If you have questions, concerns, or comments for the commission, contact a staff liaison.
|Claudia Garcia||Staff Liaison||507-645-3078|
|Judy Becker||Clerical Liaison||Not available|
|Tom Baraniak||School Board Representative,|
non-voting ex officio
Special meetings are occasionally called.
The City of Northfield Human Rights Commission (HRC) seeks to secure for all citizens equal opportunity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public services, and education. The commission works to ensure full citizen participation in this community by assisting the State Department of Human Rights in implementing the Minnesota Human Rights Act and by advising the City Council on long range programs to improve community relations in the City of Northfield.
Human Rights FAQs
If you have questions and/or need help, please refer to this Frequently Asked Questions document.
The Human Rights Commission (HRC), along with everyone working through the pandemic, has had a challenging year. We have appreciated the support from staff as we have transitioned to online meetings.
- Hosted the annual Martin Luther King Celebration in January
- Hosted a virtual presentation with Dr. Meredith McCoy (Carleton Professor) to share her expertise on the background and importance of Land Acknowledgment statements with more than 50 community members; the City Council adopted the statement on November 17, 2020
- Encouraged and supported changing the names of our public schools
- Participated in racial equity work within the City of Northfield and enjoyed reading “A Good Time for Telling the Truth” and sharing that discussion with others in our community
Hosted events to provide education and build community:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
- 2nd Annual Najwa Community Picnic
- International Day of Peace (United Nations Theme of Climate Action)
- Indigenous People’s Day
- Supported the Northfield Reads group events based on the book, A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota
Current and upcoming projects
A member of the Human Rights Commission worked on an oral history project to collect interviews from community members from Mexico and Guatemala. These stories will be complied and shared in 2020.
Several members have also been part of conversations with St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges to develop a land acknowledgment statement in recognition of the people and land here before white settlement.
The commission consists of nine regular members, one youth voting member, and three youth non-voting members appointed by the mayor and approved by the City Council, with an option for four additional voting or non-voting advisory members. Each regular member serves a three-year term. There is a three term limit. Members do not receive monetary compensation.
The mayor recommends applicants to the City Council based on their interest in equal rights for all citizens of Northfield, along with willingness to serve and background.
You can apply to more than one board, commission or task force.
Applications are also available at:
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057
Northfield Public Library
210 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057