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MLK Countywide Celebration – January 12

The City’s Community Relations Office invites the public to attend the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countywide Celebration and Awards on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. at Vineyard Church (1500 N. Lincoln Ave., Urbana).  This year’s program will celebrate and honor outstanding youth in our community.  Learn more.


New Panels, Human Relations Commission Attend Meet and Greet Reception

Staff from the Community Relations Office hosted a meet and greet reception for Human Relations Commissioners(HRC), Citizen Review Subcommittee members, and the Use of Force Review Board to celebrate the end of their training. Staff in attendance included Assistant City Attorney Laura Hall, Deputy Chiefs Troy Daniels, Dave Shaffer, Joe Gallo and Lt. Tod Myers. […]


City Building Display Case Promotes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Staff from Courage Connection assisted staff from the Community Relations Office to decorate the display case in the City Building Atrium this month. The display case highlights a calendar of events being held by the organization as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, including a Candlelight Vigil being held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October […]


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 […]


Community Relations, Welcoming Center Create Atrium Display for Welcoming Week

Gloria Yen and her team from the New American Welcoming Center stopped by the City Building to decorate the display case in the atrium. The New American Welcoming Center is housed at the University YMCA. The display case highlights welcoming week, which runs from September 15 to 24.  Please stop by the atrium to check […]


Community Relations Staff Attends Annual Meeting

Rachel Joy, Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer, attended the Illinois Municipal Human Relations Association (IMHRA) annual meeting in Springfield, IL on Tuesday, September 14. The meeting was hosted by the Community Relations Office of the City of Springfield. Members discussed upcoming statewide Hate Crime training and received an overview of the new amendment to the Illinois […]


City Staff Gives Supplies, Gathers Ideas at CU Days

The Community Relations Office (CRO) participated in a community resource fair at CU Days, which was held at Douglass Park on Saturday, August 12. Dozens of families visiting the City resource booth received school supplies, information from several City departments, and a variety of City-branded giveaway items including cloth bags, t-shirts, seed packets, tubes of […]


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 […]