Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission of Asheville (HRCA) members will be eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms and their duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Making policy recommendations to the City Council which promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the City
  •  Supporting the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion
  •  Providing a forum where residents can raise issues and complaints relating to human relations in the City
  •  Engaging the community regarding the utilization of City-funded programs and policies for the promotion of human relations
  •  Promoting and improving human relations and advance equity in the following areas: public safety; educational, art and cultural opportunities; economic development; health and human services; and housing.

The Human Relations Commission of Asheville (HRCA) will be composed of fifteen members, which should reflect the groups of individuals that the human relations program is intended to protect.  City Council will endeavor to appoint city residents meeting the following criteria:

  • 6 African Americans
  • 2 Latinx individuals
  • 2 members of the LGBTQ community
  • 2 youth members, between the ages of 18 and 25
  • 2 to 3 individuals who live in public housing
  • 2 individuals with a disability
  • 3 individuals who are recognized as community leaders

Please indicate any of the above qualifications and/or any experience, knowledge and/or skills with equity on your HRCA application form.

Regular Meeting Schedule

The Human Relations Commission of Asheville meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Notice: The next meeting will be held virtually on July 15 at 5:30 p.m. 

How to follow the Live Meeting:

Call toll-free to listen to the meeting on your phone: Call 855-925-2801 Meeting Code: 9723. Your phone will be muted but you will be able to hear what is happening in the meeting.

Watch the stream below or the City of Asheville YouTube channel.


All voicemail public comment must be received by calling our Toll Free Public Input Line at 855-925-2801 Meeting Code: 9723. 

All comments will be limited to 3 minutes per person per item.  Comments will be provided to the Human Relations Commission and will not be read at the meeting but will be posted on this page. Additionally, all comments must conform to the City boards & commission’s rules of decorum.  Those comments that do not may be excluded.


Comments can also be submitted by emailing The commission will receive the emailed comments electronically and the comments will be posted on this page, but they will not be read during the commission meeting.



For current openings and application please visit The Boards and Commissions  page.



Agendas and Documents



July 15, 2021 Agenda July 15, 2021 Documents
June 24, 2021 Agenda  June 24, 2021 Documents
May 20, 2021 Agenda May 20, 2021 Documents
April 15, 2021 Agenda April 15, 2021 Documents
March 18, 2021 Agenda March 18, 2021 Documents
February 18, 2021 Agenda February 18, 2021 Documents
September 30, 2020 Agenda  September 30, 2020 Documents 
August 27, 2020 Agenda August 27, 2020 Documents
July 16, 2020 Agenda July 16, 2020 Documents
January 16, 2020 Agenda January 16, 2020 Documents
November 21, 2019 Agenda November 21, 2019 Documents
September 19, 2019 Agenda September 19, 2019 Documents
August 15, 2019 Agenda August 15, 2019 Documents
July 18, 2019 Agenda July 18, 2019 Documents



Review and Resource Documents


Ordinance Establishing Human Relations Committee 

HRCA Members


Contact Information

Richard White, Assistant City Manager and Interim Equity & Inclusion Department Director

Updated 9/28/2020



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