Human relations are the ways we interrelate, by respecting one another, valuing strengths and differences. The Gilbert Town Council has established the human relations commission to advise the council on these values.
The Human Relations Commission will serve in an advisory role to the Council on human relations and diversity- related issues; will champion policies, programs, services, events, which affect human relations and cultural diversity; communicate accurate and respectful information in order to educate the community on the Town's rich cultural heritage, and promote equality and unity.
The commission shall have the following powers and duties:
- Serve in an advisory role to the council on human relations and diversity-related issues;
- Serve as a resource and an advocate on behalf of the community on human relations and cultural diversity issues;
- Review, suggest and champion policies, programs, services, and events, which affect human relations and cultural diversity; by consciously and consistently seeking to serve all residents;
- Build purposeful relationships with residents, the outlying community, council, town leadership and a wide range of local, state, national and international groups, agencies and organizations to respect diversity and promote unity in the town;
- Communicate accurate and respectful information in order to educate the community of the town's rich cultural heritage and diversity;
- Provide support/vision to the staff to promote the cultural initiatives and events as identified by the commission and approved by the council;
- Identify opportunities to increase the awareness of cultural diversity between citizens by establishing ongoing dialogue and interaction to promote respect for diversity among all citizens within the town;
- Identify and collaborate with groups and organizations that can provide cultural activities and enrichment to the town;
- Respond to community human relations and cultural diversity issues in a timely manner and with sensitivity and compassion;
- Remain informed, open and responsive to opportunities that promote inclusion, equality, and unity within the town's strategic plan through council, town leadership and other commissions;
- Encourage private funding for human relations efforts; and
- Perform other duties as may be directed by the council from time to time.
The commission shall consist of nine members and one alternate member appointed by the council. Terms shall be for three years, with staggered terms so no more than one-third of the membership shall expire in one year. The council may appoint non-voting ad hoc members who are not residents of Gilbert.
The ideal candidate has the skills to build consensus and forge relationships in the community. This candidate operates with a high degree of integrity, authenticity, and a strong sense of self awareness. He or she will serve as an ambassador in the community and with other agencies or community groups, appropriately raise concerns or awareness of diversity and equality needs of the community, and give time to fulfill the role of Human Relations commissioner. This person has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and understands how local government intersects with other agencies in the community. This person has working knowledge and experience with different cultures and communities and is essentially always wearing their “HRC” hat, helping to bridge communication between the Town and the community. The ideal candidate is free from biases, comfortable learning about and being immersed in other cultures and populations, and knowledgeable about and willing to work on equality issues and promotion of unity in the community. This person is willing and able to engage and build trust with sensitive populations. This person is willing to attend and represent Gilbert at special events aligned with the mission of the HRC. The person maintains confidentiality and must be willing to listen and respect differing sides of an issue and be respectful of others’ views. The ideal candidate is committed to serving and giving their time in the capacity of Human Relations Commissioner and serving with integrity, trust, and respect.
The Human Relations Commission meets as needed. Please check calendar scheduled meetings.
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