Items tagged: Community Relations Office

City Receives High Marks for Inclusive Policies

The Human Rights Campaign issues an annual Municipal Equality Index (MEI) score for hundreds of cities across the country.  The MEI measures how inclusive municipal policies, laws, and services are for LGBTQ individuals working and living there.  Champaign was one of 506 cities scored during the 2017 MEI and one of nine cities in Illinois.  Champaign ranked in the top […]


Disability Awareness Month

City of Champaign’s Human Relation Commissioner Barb Bressner stopped by the City Building to decorate the display case in the atrium. The display case highlights Disability Awareness Month and their Music and Art Festival being held on Saturday, October 21st from 12-3 pm at Lincoln Square in Urbana. For more information on the Music and […]


City Staffer Lends Expertise to Poverty Panel

Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager and Community Coalition Facilitator, served as a subject matter expert on a panel hosted by the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty, Heartland Alliance, and the Eastern Illinois Food Bank. At the event, Heartland Alliance presented the 2017 report on Illinois poverty with a focus on the intersection of […]


Human Relations Commission Honors First Youth Commissioner

The Human Relations Commission (HRC) honored the service of the City of Champaign’s first Youth Commissioner on Monday, June 5. The reception was held immediately following the Commission’s regular monthly meeting. Commissioner Ebony Shackelford recently graduated from Central High School and plans to attend Parkland College, enrolling in their Parkland Pathway program. He has an […]


Champaign’s Human Relations Commission Promotes Human Rights Protections and Community Unity

Today Champaign’s Human Relations Commission stands united with other human rights organizations across the country in a nationwide effort to protect human rights, fight discrimination, and promote inclusion and community unity. “Our society is built upon the principles of equal rights and opportunities for all,” said Commission Chair Alissia Young.  “Recent events across the country […]


Community Relations Office Hosts Association Quarterly Meeting

CRO Hosts Quarterly Association Meeting The Community Relations Office hosted the Illinois Municipal Human Relations Association (IMHRA) quarterly meeting on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.  The quarterly meeting attendees included the City of Springfield, City of Normal, City of Urbana, City of Danville, City of Peoria, the Illinois Department of Human Rights (IDHR) personnel which included […]


Community Relations Staffer Receives NAACP “Unity in the Community” Award

Staff from the Community Relations Office attended the Champaign County NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet held on October 14 at Hawthorne Suites.  During the banquet, Tracy Parsons, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer, received the “Unity in the Community Award” for his ongoing commitment to the Champaign Community. The office also sponsored a joint ad with the Urbana Human Relations […]