Human Relations Commission

HRCA duties include, but are not limited to: 1) Making policy recommendations to the City Council which promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the City; 2) Supporting the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion; 3) Providing a forum where residents can raise issues and complaints relating to human relations in the City; 4) Engaging the community regarding the utilization of City-funded programs and policies for the promotion of human relations; and 5) 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. Members will be eligible to serve two consecutive two-year terms.

The Human Relations Commission of Asheville Composition:

The 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.

Resource Documents:

Ordinance Establishing Human Relations Committee 

HRCA Members

How to Apply:

Please submit an application form, here AND a HRCA form, here. Both forms are required to be considered for appointment. Applications remain on file in the Clerk’s office for one year.

Regular Meeting Schedule

The Human Relations Commission of Asheville meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Conference Room of Asheville City Hall (Located at 70 Court Plaza)

Contact Information

Kimberlee Archie

Director , Equity & Inclusion

828.232.4517 office

Meeting Documents

Agenda Documents
2019/09/19 9/19/2019 Agenda 09/19/2019 Documents
2019/08/15 08/15/2019 Agenda 08/15/2019 Documents
2019/07/18 07/18/2019 Agenda 07/18/2019 Documents
2019/06/20 06/20/2019 Agenda 06/20/2019 Documents
2019/05/16 5/16/2019 Agenda 5/16/2019 Documents
2019/03/21 3/21/2019 Agenda 3/21/2019 Documents
2019/02/21 2/21/2019 Agenda 2/21/2019 Documents
2019/01/17 1/17/2019 Agenda 1/17/2019 Documents