Community Relations Office

Role of the Community Relations Office

The Community Relations Office serves as a critical link between the City and our community.  The Community Relations Office works to ensure everyone who lives, works, or plays in Champaign is treated in a fair, equal, and inclusive manner, as demonstrated in the City’s mission and values and the City Council’s goal to promote quality of life for all citizens.  The City is committed to meeting this objective through ongoing public education and enforcement of the City’s Human Rights Ordinance and Equal Opportunity in Purchasing Ordinance.

The Community Relations Office works to help those who feel they have been discriminated against by investigating complaints and working with both parties to resolve issues. The Community Relations Office is assisted in this role by the City’s Human Relations Commission.

The Community Relations Office also manages and coordinates the work of the Champaign Community Coalition.  The Coalition’s mission is to identify and assist with critical community issues that impact the lives of area youth and their families.  The Coalition is a system of care network that includes: local government, law enforcement, juvenile justice, behavioral health, education, child welfare, and community based service providers.

Community Events

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration

Each year, the Cities of Champaign and Urbana, the Champaign County Board, Parkland College, and the University of Illinois recognize the legacy of Dr. King’s with a joint celebration of his life and accomplishments.  Held each January, this event honors Champaign County individuals and organizations that have made outstanding community contributions consistent with the philosophy and mission of Dr. King.  Learn more about the next celebration or watch a video of last year’s event.

Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards

The Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards is an annual celebration recognizing individuals and organizations committed to international achievements in agriculture, hospitality, humanitarian relief, human rights, research/education, trade, and business.  Learn more about the next event or watch a video of last year’s ceremony.