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www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations2Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.2021-2022 PHRC at a Glance• The PHRC celebrated its 67th year in 2022. That is over six decades of fighting for a fair and just state.• DEI Trainings for Department of Corrections Personnel.• Housing Equity Conference and Fair Housing Trainings.• Antisemitism Awareness & Intervention Initiative.• Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate Reduction Initiative.• Continued PHRC Lunch & Learns to share staff and Commonwealth expertise on currentCivil Rights issues.• Continued PHRC Diversity Speaks Lecture Series to share Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity andBelonging and the expertise of those professionals and organizations working to create more diverseworkforces and workplaces.• Continued PHRC Speaks: Fair Housing in the 21st Century Cable Show for the 4th Season.• Traveled with a PHRC delegation of 10 to Columbus, Ohio to share social justice best practices withthe Ohio Civil Rights Commission.• Traveled with a PHRC delegation of 8 to Trenton, New Jersey to share social justice best practiceswith the New Jersey Civil Rights Commission.• Traveled with a PHRC delegation of 12 to Los Angeles California for the annual IAORHA Conference.• Continued the PHRC Social Justice Lecture Series.• Continued PHRC No Hate In Our State Town Halls.• Expanded PHRC Civil Rights Legal Internship Program.• Graduated 12 PHRC Staff Members from the MLK Leadership Institute.• EEOC and HUD Continuous Trainings.• Doubled the EEOC contract from 1,000 investigated and credit cases to 2,000 investigated and credit cases.• Held a C.R.O.W.N. Act Conference in Philadelphia to educate and highlight hair discrimination.• Expanded our Race Dialogue on College Campuses Initiative.
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5www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Table of ContentsPHRC: 2021 - 2022 at a Glance .........................................................................................................2-3PHRC Vision, Mission & Values ..........................................................................................................6History of Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission .................................................................7Pennsylvania Human Relations Act ..................................................................................................7Message from Governor .................................................................................................................. 8Message from Chairman ...................................................................................................................9Message from the Executive Director ........................................................................................... 10.....................................................................................................11-15PHRC Social Justice Committees ................................................................................................16-19 .....................................................................................................................20 ............................................................................................................. 21Education and Community Outreach Division ............................................................................... 22Enforcement Division ......................................................................................................................23Communication & Public Relations Division ..................................................................................24 ............................................................................................25Mediation Division ...........................................................................................................................26 .............................................................................................................. 27Q&A: Lyle Wood ...............................................................................................................................28 .............................................................................................................29Q&A: Heather Roth .........................................................................................................................30 ........................................................................................................... 31Fair Housing & Commercial Property .............................................................................................32Q&A: Adrian Garcia .......................................................................................................................... 33Social Justice in the Beloved Community ......................................................................................34Q&A: Chad Dion Lassiter ............................................................................................................35-36Social Justice Lecture Series ...................................................................................................... 38-41Partnerships .....................................................................................................................................43 ..................................................................................................... 44Statistics ......................................................................................................................................45-53 .............................................................................................................................54
Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission 333 Market Street, 8th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17101| 717.787.4410 | F 717.787.0420 | www.phrc.pa.gov PHRC Vision, Mission & Values VISION As Pennsylvania’s civil rights leader, it is our vision that all people in Pennsylvania will live, work and learn free from unlawful discrimination. MISSION The PA Human Relations Commission promotes equal opportunity for all and enforces Pennsylvania’s civil rights laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination. VALUES Equality - We believe strongly in the equality and dignity of all individuals. We uphold the principles of justice and fairness through our work, conduct and communication. Service - We subscribe to the highest standards of responsiveness, quality, timeliness and professionalism. Integrity - We uphold the highest standards of honesty and transparency. We are candid, trustworthy, credible and unbiased. Excellence - We strive to excel in our work. We endeavor to ensure a highly prepared, diverse, competent and committed workforce. Teamwork - We build and sustain strong, constructive and collaborative relationships. Respect – We value employees’ talents and differences and treat them with consideration and importance. PHRC Vision, Mission & ValuesAs Pennsylvania’s civil rights leader, it is our vision that all people in Pennsylvania will live, workand learn free from unlawful discrimination.The PA Human Relations Commission promotes equal opportunity for all and enforcesPennsylvania’s civil rights laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination.Equality - We believe strongly in the equality and dignity of all individuals.We uphold the principles of justice and fairness through our work, conductand communication.Service - We subscribe to the highest standards of responsiveness, quality,timeliness and professionalism.Integrity - We uphold the highest standards of honesty and transparency. We arecandid, trustworthy, credible and unbiased.Excellence - We strive to excel in our work. We endeavor to ensure a highlyprepared, diverse, competent and committed workforce.Teamwork - We build and sustain strong, constructive and collaborative relationships.Respect – We value employees’ talents and dierences and treat them withconsideration and importance.VISIONMISSIONVALUESPennsylvania Human Relations Commission 333 Market Street, 8th Fl | Harrisburg, PA 17101| 717.787.4410 | Email: PHRC@pa.gov | www.phrc.pa.gov(l-r) – Joel Bolstein, Adrian Garcia, Brittany Mellinger and Chad Dion Lassiterwww.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations6Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.
7www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.History of the Pennsylvania Human Relations CommissionPennsylvania Human Relations ActProhibiting certain practices of discrimination because of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age or national origin by employers, employment agencies, labor organizations and others as herein dened; creating the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in the Governor’s Oce; dening its functions, powers and duties; providing for procedure and enforcement; providing for formulation of an educational program to prevent prejudice; providing for judicial review and enforcement and imposing penalties dening “advertisement” and “advertiser”; and providing for certain forms of advertisement, for limitations and for civil penalties.For 67 years the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has been the state’s top civil rights enforcement agency, promoting equal opportunity for all and enforcing laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, or PHRC, was crafted from two pieces of legislation - the Pennsylvania Fair Employment Practice Act of 1955 (later changed to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act in 1997) (PHRA) and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act of 1961 (PFEOA). Both acts banned discrimination based on race, color, creed, ancestry, age, or national origin. A series of amendments to both over time grew to also ban discrimination based on sex and disability. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act covers discrimination in employment, housing, commercial property, education and public accommodations. The Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act is specic to postsecondary education and secondary vocational and trade schools. In an amendment from 1970, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, as it is known today, was born. The PHRC administrative, legal and investigative sta is led by an executive director in Harrisburg and regional directors in Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It consists of a diverse group of 11 commissioners who are appointed by the governor and conrmed by the state Senate. The commissioners act as public liaisons, establish policies and resolve some cases that are not settled voluntarily. The commission is independent and nonpartisan, with no more than six commissioners from one political party. The chairperson is appointed by the governor, and a vice-chairperson, secretary and assistant secretary are elected by commissioners each year. The executive director reports to the commissioners. PHRC’s Executive Directors:Chad Dion Lassiter JoAnn L. Edwards Homer C. Floyd Milo A. Manly Elliott M. Shirk PHRC Commission Chairs:M. Joel Bolstein Gerald S. Robinson Stephen A. Glassman Carl E. Denson Robert Johnson Smith Thomas L. McGill, Jr. Joseph X. Yae Everett E. Smith Max Rosenn Harry Boyer 2018 - Present2011 - 20181970 -20111968 - 19701956 - 1968 2017 - Present2011 -20162003 - 20112000 - 20031990 - 20001986 - 19901974 - 19861970 - 19741969 -19701956 -1969
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations8Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.A Message fromGovernor Josh ShapiroThe Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has been this state’s civil rights leader. For over six decades the agency has worked to ensure that we always center diverse voices, equity and inclusion in our ght against any forms of discrimination. They are our civil leaders ensuring that we embed social justice and equity within all that we do. I wish to thank Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter, the PHRC Commissioners and the sta for their strong commitment and their eorts to help communities embrace the diversity within. Regardless of where we come from, who we love or to whom we pray, the PHRC’s mission has never wavered in making cer-tain each citizen of the Commonwealth is treated fairly. I believe the citizens of Pennsylvania have sent a clear consis-tent message that we resoundingly reject extremism and honor unity over division. Pennsylvania must continue to nd light in the midst of darkness and drown out the voices of hate and bigotry.That was the hope of William Penn who believed in social justice and equity. I look forward to making progress together.Sincerely,Josh ShapiroGovernor
9www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Sincerely,M. Joel Bolstein, Esq.CommissionerThe strength of Pennsylvania is its people. The more we embrace diversity, the stronger we become as a Commonwealth. But for diversity to thrive, we must intentionally create a culture of belonging even in the most dicult times. The personnel at PHRC reect the diversity of our Commonwealth, and we draw strength from that as we increase our eorts to bring people together.PHRC’s goal is to eradicate discrimination, but when allegations of discrimination surface, our dedicated sta performs a thorough investigation of each and every complaint that is led with our Commission. It takes a lot of hard work, and I and my fellow Commissioners want to thank our sta for the professional manner in which they go about their task of ensuring that justice is provided.I want to thank our Commissioners for their dedication and for sharing their time and expertise.Lastly, I oer my heartfelt thanks to our Executive Director, Chad Dion Lassiter, for being an outstanding public servant and leader. This year marks his fth anniversary at the helm of the PHRC. Each and every day, he inspires all of us to do more in the ght against bias and discrimination.Let me also express my personal congratulations to our new governor, Josh Shapiro, who has always been a friend and supporter of the PHRC and whose commitment to social justice is well documented. We very much are looking forward to working with Governor Shapiro and his team.Finally, I want to thank our friends in the General Assembly for their continued support of thePHRC. With the support of those who share our vision, PHRC will continue doing all of the hardwork necessary for our Commission to continue to be viewed among the nation’s premier civilrights agencies.A Message from ChairmanM. Joel Bolstein, Esq.Commissioner - M. Joel Bolstein, Esq.
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations10Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.ExecutiveDirector’s MessageChad Dion Lassiter, MSWHatred, bigotry, discrimination, civil unrest – the violence and trauma they can unleash can take its toll on us individually as well as our community. As Maya Angelou once said, “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet.”The PA Human Relations Commission enforces Pennsylvania’s civil rights laws that protect people from unlawful discrimination. Each year we get thousands of requests from the citizens of Pennsylvania to investigate situations to determine if they have been victims of acts of bias or hate or discrimination.I commend the eorts of my sta who work so diligently to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth. The work is not easy, but we are guided by our vision - that all people in Pennsylvania will live, work and learn free from unlawful discrimination.But enforcement alone is not enough to realize our vision. All of us want to live and create bonds in places where we feel accepted. Regardless of our race, sex, gender, religious aliation, generation, or ethnicity – we share this common desire. A strong community is our state’s best antidote against racism, discrimination, hate and other social harms.Through our Beloved Communities and our social justice initiatives, the PHRC is working to help communities foster a stronger sense of belonging for all its citizens. This is the essential ingredient for building stronger communities because active citizen engagement is essential. A robust community emerges when its members unite around the common good.It is my fervent wish that Pennsylvanians all live in just accepting communities. I thank the Commissioners for their dedication to this vision of the PHRC. I appreciate Governor Josh Shapiro and the General Assembly for their ongoing support of the PHRC.As Coretta Scott King said, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”There is more work for us to do.Sincerely,Chad Dion Lassiter, MSWExecutive Director
11www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Commissioner ProlesDr. Radheshyam M. Agrawal is a Pittsburgh-based gastroenterologist on the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine. He is also Professor Emeritus at Temple University School of Medicine, Allegheny Health Network. He has over 40 years’ experience as a practicing physician, researcher and medical educator. He has won numerous research grants and honors in medicine, and is widely recognized for service to his profession and community.Dr. Agrawal’s government appointments include serving on the PA State Board of Medicine, the Federation of State Medical Boards, the Asian American and Pacic Advisory Council for the PA Attorney General’s Oce, the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Asian-American Aairs, the Health Care Advisory Board for the 110th Congress, and the PA Medical Legal Advisory Board on Elderly Abuse and Neglect.Radheshyam M. Agrawal, MD, was appointed to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on June 3, 2014 and reappointed for a full ve-year term in 2014 and in 2019.Radheshyam M. Agrawal, M.D.M. Joel Bolstein was appointed to serve as Interim Chair of The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission on April 18, 2016 and named Chair in October 2018. He is currently a partner in the law rm of Fox Rothschild, LLP, where his practice consists of environmental law and governmental aairs. He is listed as one of the top environmental lawyers in Pennsylvania in the Chambers Guide USA, Best Lawyers and PA Super Lawyers. Mr. Bolstein served three terms on the U.S. EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy & Technology From January 1995 to July 1997, he was Deputy Secretary for Special Projects at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. In 1995, he received the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Award for Excellence. In 1999, he was presented the Excellence in Environmental Achievement Award from Bethlehem Steel Company for his work on the Bethlehem Works Project, the largest browneld site in the country. He was involved in a wide variety of areas, including permit and enforcement decisions and development of policies and regulatory initiatives. In January 1999, Governor Ridge appointed Mr. Bolstein to a ve-year term on Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Commission. He was reappointed by Governor Rendell in 2005 and 2010.Chairman, M. Joel Bolstein, Esq.
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations12Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Michael Hardiman currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He was initially appointed to serve in 2016. Hardiman previously worked for the PHRC for over thirty-three years. For the last seven years of his career at the Commission he served as Chief Counsel for the Commission. His primary work as Chief Counsel centered on employment discrimination litigation. In addition, he was involved with several urban area school district desegregation and educational equity cases. He also litigated sex equity/athletic program cases; physical disability/accessibility cases; age discrimination/pension cases; and private club/access cases. Hardiman, additionally, has served as the Interim Executive Director of the Commission on two occasions, rst in 2011 and again in 2018. Mr. Hardiman, after retiring from the Commission, also served for several years, in a volunteer capacity, as Of Counsel to the Philadelphia Lawyers for Social Equity (PLSE). PLSE is a non-prot corporation that works in the community to reduce negative collateral consequences for those who have interacted with the Pennsylvania Criminal Justice System. Hardiman received his undergraduate degree from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1969 and he graduated cum laude from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1977. Hardiman also served in the U.S. Army from September 1969 through March 1972 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in July 1970.Michael Hardiman, Esq.Mayur Patel is co-founder and principal of Laughner Patel Developers. LPD provides real estate development services including the search, design, development and construction of projects ranging from medical and commercial oce building to hotels. Prior to founding LPD, Mr. Patel served as general counsel to Hersha Hospitality Trust, a publicly traded hospitality REIT. During his time there, Mr. Patel helped Hersha move from the AMEX to the New York Stock Exchange, and grow from 19 hotels located primarily in the Northeastern United States to 85 hotels located throughout the country. As general counsel, Mr. Patel completed over one hundred real estate and nancial transactions as well as assisted in the development of real estate projects throughout the East Coast, including New York City, Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Mr. Patel graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA with a BA in International Relations and Political Science. He also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the Villanova University School of Law.Secretary, Mayur Patel, Esq.Commissioner Proles
13www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.The Honorable Curtis Jones Jr. represents the 4th District of Philadelphia. Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is a champion for education, an ally for criminal justice, and the environment. He is also a noted expert on community-based economic development. Councilman Jones has served in various public and private sector positions for more than two decades. Under his leadership, minority- women- and disabled- owned business entities have received more than $583,000,000 in municipal contract opportunities.Councilman Jones serves on numerous boards and executive committees including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission and the Pennsylvania Crime & Delinquency Commission both appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. He also serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), as Co-Chair of Special Investigative Committee examining City demolition procedures and operations both appointed by Council President Darrell Clarke, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority’s Minority Advisory Committee, the Please Touch Museum, the Mann Music Center, the Philadelphia Gas Commission and the City Avenue Special Services District. A recipient of numerous community and industry awards, Councilman Jones, is one of Overbrook High School’s accomplished graduates. He has furthered his scholastic achievements by attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government, completing studies at Boston University’s A. C. C. A. program and receiving a Master’s certicate in Contract Compliance in conjunction with the University of Alabama.Curtis Jones, Jr.Commissioner Proles
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations14Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Aleena Sorathia is a member of Ahmad Zaarese LLC, a small, minority-owned law rm. Her practice focuses on representing small to large businesses as well as government entities in civil litigation and employment matters. During her time at Ahmad Zaarese, Sorathia has represented clients in matters involving the Political Subdivision Tort Claims Act, the Sovereign Immunity Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Sorathia has also aided clients in matters related to §1983, Bivens, and the Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Law. Additionally, she has represented clients in connection with Act 111 and Act 195 arbitration matters, contract disputes and business formation. Sorathia also assists Ahmad Zaarese’s Collection group. Outside of work, Sorathia is dedicated to serving the Greater Philadelphia community. Sorathia sits on the Board of Directors of Break Away, a national non-prot organization. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Asian Pacic American Bar Association of Pennsylvania (APABA-PA), and the Minority Alumni Society of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (MAS). Additionally, Sorathia is passionate about mentoring and participates in MAS & APABA-PA’s mentoring programs to guide young law students in their professional development. Sorathia also provides shadowing opportunities to college students interested in the practice of law through the University of Richmond’s Alumni Society.Aleena Y. Sorathia, Esq.Commissioner Proles
15www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Dr. Raquel O. Yiengst was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Upon graduation from high school her parents sent her to continue her studies at the University of St. Mary’s in Kansas where she received a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Life. She returned to Puerto Rico where she met and married a man from Reading, PA where she currently still resides. She received a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling at Kutztown University and a Doctor’s degree in Urban and Bilingual Education from Temple University. She worked for the Reading School District as Director of Bilingual Education until her retirement. While working there she was appointed as a Commissioner to the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission; a position she has held for the last 44 years. She is the Vice-Chair of the Commission and the Chair of the Educational Equity Committee.In 2019, Dr. Yiengst received the prestigious PHRC Homer C. Floyd Award for her lifetime of work towards social justice.Vice-Chair, Dr. Raquel O. YiengstCommissioner Proles
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations16Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Pennsylvania HumanRelations CommissionSocial Justice CommitteesEducational Equity CommitteeThe Educational Equity Committee of the PHRC takes all appropriate measures within its jurisdiction to address inequities whether they are found in academic programs, vocational programs, or programs for special needs students.The goals for the Education Equity Committee include:1. Researching the reasons for the school to prison pipeline and developing a stronger working relationship between the PHRC and the Department of Education.2. Exploring the varied harmful equal education disparities in many aspects of the learning environment – academic, vocational and programs for children with special needs.3. Exploring the societal costs associated with unemployed youth and opening lines of communication between business and industry and school districts to determine the needs of students so they can be better prepared to enter the workforce.Chair: Dr. Raquel Yiengst | Lead: Desiree ChangFair Housing and Commercial Property CommitteeThe Fair Housing and Commercial Property Committee is dedicated to expanding the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission’s activities, beyond the traditional role of enforcement, by leading statewide discussions regarding Armatively Furthering Fair Housing and housing disparities experienced by those in protected classes.The Fair Housing Committee’s goals include:1. Obtaining representation from state legislators and our stakeholders to advocate for greater self- accountability in ensuring the Fair Housing Act’s promise of diversity, equity and inclusion in housing across the commonwealth.2. Strengthening the relationships between the Fair Housing Initiative Programs (FHIPs) and Fair Housing Assistance Programs (FHAPs) in Pennsylvania by identifying key fair housing issues and strategies to address them.3. Educating independent housing providers about the regulations and laws that govern their chosen area of business and housing as well as reaching out to Township Supervisors, Fair Housing Ocers and District Magistrates. Chair: Mayur Patel, Esq. | Lead: Adrian Garcia
17www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines. Policy and PA Human Relations Act (PHRA) CommitteeThe Policy & PHRA Committee’s purpose is to spearhead eorts to enact, support, lobby and provide guidance regarding issues relating to unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and education. The committee reviews issues of relevance to the Commission, drafts guidance, alerts and educates the Commission on novel approaches to strengthen protections oered by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act.The PPC’s goals are:1. To support the PHRC’s eorts to enact LGBTQ regulations. These regulations will ensure that all Pennsylvanians, regardless of their sexual preference or identity, will be protected from acts of discrimination and hate.2. To research, investigate and determine a plan of action to advocate for issues regarding national origin including Asian American Pacic Islander (AAPI) anti-hate initiatives, Native American mascot and discrimination issues, and language access.3. To address race initiatives such as voter rights, hair guidance, critical race theory (CRT) and public accommodations.Chair: Aleena Sorathia, Esq. | Lead: Kurt Jung, Esq.What is Armatively Furthering Fair Housing?The Fair Housing Act requires agencies and organizations that receive federal funds to both combat acts of housing dis-crimination as well as to work to change our current housing landscape, which has been shaped by public policies and private practices into a system in which some neighborhoods and groups of people have quality housing, investment and wealth-building opportunities that others do not. PHRC takes very seriously the charge to foster communities that are inclu-sive to all, regardless of protected class, and to support programs and practices that overcome housing segregation.Diversity and Inclusion CommitteeThe purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee is to study issues of inequality, to spearhead diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives throughout the Commonwealth as well as to provide guidance to PHRC management. To this end, the Diversity & Inclusion Committee has set the following goals for 2022:1. Provide access to our services for Pennsylvania citizens with limited English prociency including adding dierent languages to our phone recordings and translating brochures, forms and other documents into several languages.2. Continue to revise an internal language access oce policy for PHRC that includes a list of resources available to help sta provide access to the citizens of the Commonwealth.3. Continue the Diversity Speaks series by inviting presenters to talk about civil rights issues and diversity, equity and inclusion best practices.Chair: Mayur Patel, Esq. | Lead: Gregory Holtz
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations18Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Police and Community Relations CommitteeThe Police & Community Relations Committee recognizes that there are harmful inequities in many aspects of the Commonwealth’s criminal justice system, police policies and practices that contribute to disparate treatment of racial, ethnic and religious minorities as well as LGBTQ or gender-nonconforming persons. Our primary goal is to ensure that the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) takes the appropriate measures within its jurisdiction to address inequities whether they are found in criminal justice programs, police policies, patterns, or practices and/or patterns or practices as it relates to marginalized communities.The Police & Community Relations Committee aims: 1. To continue to improve the relationship between police and the community by providing training to members of the community as well as law enforcement.2. To facilitate Diversity, Harassment and Respect Police Training in addition to providing other training for incarcerated individuals and the children of incarcerated parents. This training would cover issues related to re-entry and re-integration through the collaborative grant partnership between the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).3. To sponsor community engagement conversations with police departments and conduct No Hate in Our State Town Halls throughout the state.4. To promote the duplication of the City of Philadelphia model for Civilian Oversight Boards of local police departments. Chair: Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. | Lead: Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW
19www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Program, Community Outreach and Training CommitteeThe purpose of the Program, Community Outreach & Training Committee is to spearhead, monitor and support activities of the PHRC leadership, sta, and advisory councils as it relates to public education, outreach and training initiatives. This committee also helps to identify training and educational needs both internally and externally to fulll the Commission’s responsibility to promote and instill best practices of equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community.The Committee’s goals are:1. To support high quality professional development for the PHRC sta, leaders and Commissioners by investigating the practices, procedures and approaches being utilized by similar state and municipal agencies as well as remaining actively engaged with IAOHRA (International Association of Ocial Human Rights Agencies).2. To launch an initiative analyzing the multiple types of systemic discrimination that occur both in the public and private sectors and determine the most eective and ecient ways of reducing the disproportionate impact such discrimination has on minority individuals and marginalized groups.3. To explore ways in which we can more eectively educate the various populations that we serve about the services available at the PHRC including how to le a complaint.Chair: Michael Hardiman, Esq. | Lead: Amanda Brothman JumperWhat is the City of Philadelphia model for Civilian Oversight Boards?On February 4, 2021, Philadelphia City Councilmember Curtis Jones, Jr., introduced Ordinance 210074 to replace the Police Advisory Board with a brand-new Citizens Police Oversight Commission. The Commission will be made up of nine Commissioners and will have the power to investigate individual complaints of police misconduct and bring true civilian oversight to the Philadelphia Police Department. The Commission will have the power to investigate all inci-dents of police use of force, including the discharge ofa rearm or taser, all injuries occurring in police custodyand incidents where oicers are involved in the death of another person. The Commission will also have the power to make disciplinary recommendations for members of the Police Department, and the Police Commissioner must respond in writing to the Commission’s recommendations. Finally, the Commission has the power to conduct investiga-tions independent of the Police Department and can issue subpoenas to compel witnesses or produce documents.
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations20Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.The purpose of the Department is to assist the PA Human Relations Commission and its Executive Director with all administrative duties. The Executive Oce - Administration Department oversees a variety of programs and services relating to personnel and including purchasing, budgeting, technology, facility management, real estate, automotive management and special projects.Executive OceChad Dion Lassiter, MSW Executive DirectorZulay RojasSpecial Assistant to theExecutive Director Carrie Peace SimmonsExecutive Administrative Assistant“Real leaders must be ready to sacrice all for the “Real leaders must be ready to sacrice all for the freedom of their people.”freedom of their people.” -Nelson Mandela
21www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.• Prosecutors placed forty cases on thepublic hearing docket for litigation.• Presented seven cases at a publichearing.• Finalized regulations promulgatedpursuant to the Pennsylvania HumanRelations Act.• Reviewed 35 contracts.• Reviewed 18 local ordinances.• Held LGBTQUIA+ regulations listeningsessions in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg andPhiladelphia2021-2022 Highlights“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”“Organize, agitate, educate, must be our war cry.”-Susan B. AnthonyThe Oce of Chief Counsel provides legal advice to Commissioners, the Executive Director and PHRC Sta who investigate claims of unlawful discrimination under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Pennsylvania Fair Educational Opportunities Act. The Oce of Chief Counsel is managed by Martin Cunningham, Interim Chief Counsel, and Morgan Williams, Deputy Chief Counsel. The oce is divided into two sets of attorneys – ve prosecuting Assistant Chief Counsels and one Commission Counsel. Prosecuting Attorneys work closely with Complainants and are responsible for all aspects of litigation including public hearings. Commission Counsel, in contrast, provides legal advice on matters presented before the Commissioners, including dispositive motions, proposed adjudications, regulations and contracts.Samuel Rivera, Esq. Chief CounselOce of Chief Counsel
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations22Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.“We apply law to facts. We don’t apply feelings“We apply law to facts. We don’t apply feelingsto facts.”to facts.” -Supreme Court Justice Sonia SotomayorEducation and Community OutreachThe Education and Community Outreach eorts of the PHRC support the mission of the PHRC by developing innovative anti-discrimination train-ings in each of the jurisdictional areas covered by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA). These include Employment, Housing & Commercial Property, Education and Public Accommodations, as well as the provisional jurisdictional area of law enforcement.The Education and Community Outreach eorts of the PHRC provide free training and outreach with the purpose of educating the public about discrimination, as mandated by settlements and by requests. The training includes programs such as Implicit Bias; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Anti-Harassment and Respect for Police Ocers; Voting Rights; Anti-Bullying for Schools; Diversity Training for Employer Groups; and Fair Housing Training and Fair Housing Testing. The education and outreach coordinators plan and present the School-to-Prison Pipeline Conference, PHRC Di-versity Speaks lecture series and PHRC Lunch and Learns.The outreach sta collaborates with local Mov-ing Circles, Community Response Network, An-ti-Defamation League, Advisory Councils and an Inter-Agency Task Force to coordinate responses to discrimination and hate. Our local Advisory Councils are the eyes, ears and voices of the PHRC in the communities, and carry out the Commis-sion’s mission to eliminate discrimination at the local level. The Inter-Agency Task Force is made up of representatives of government agencies, nonprot partners and community advocates who share information about civil tension in their areas. This information allows the PHRC to monitor and respond appropriately to situations.• Created the PHRC CRT (Critical Race Theory) Social Justice Tool Kit for Schools and Communities.• Created a new Advisory Council in Penn Hills County.• Created a new Advisory Council in Adams County.• Re-Started the Cumberland County Advisory Council.• Collaborated with Pennsylvania colleges & universities, Indiana University, Millersville University, Shippensburg University, Slippery Rock, Bloomsburg University and Kutztown University for ‘Ending Racism on College Campuses Initiative’ with Senator Art Haywood.• DEI Trainings to Human Relations Commissions throughout the Commonwealth.• DEI Trainings to Advisory Councils throughout the Commonwealth.• Hosted the Advisory Council Luncheon in Harrisburg.2021-2022 Highlights
23www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.“Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving “Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.”your community and world better than you found it.” -Marian Wright Edelman The Enforcement Division is responsible for a substantial portion of the behind-the- scenes work at the PHRC. We ensure that PHRC processes re-main in compliance with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. We accomplish this by managing agency reports, monitoring the integrity of data in the agency’s case management system, providing notication to parties, managing a transparent ap-peal process, coordinating with federal and other partner agencies, as well as providing statistical data to the Executive Director and the Board of Commissioners.The Division also responds to data requests re-garding the number of cases processed by the Commission from ocials including township supervisors, planning board members and local human relations commission staers. We work closely with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Hous-ing and Urban Development (HUD) who are our federal partners.Enforcement Division• Doubled the EEOC Contract from 1,000-2,000 and met the contract goals.• Civil Rights Law Internship expanded to additional Commonwealth Law Schools.• Launched the PHRC Ambassador Initiative.• Continued to enhance procedures around Right-to-Know-Law.• Continued to enhance productivity metrics throughout the PHRC.• Responded to incidents of community and school racial unrest and played a central role in addressing the aforementioned.2021-2022 HighlightsKurt Jung, Esq.Director of Enforcement
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations24Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.“Patriotism consists not in waving the ag, but in striving “Patriotism consists not in waving the ag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.”that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.” -James BryceThe Communications Division serves as primary coordinator for media relations and liaison between Sr. Management, PHRC Sta and the public. The director of communications plans, writes and coordinates agency press releases and coordinates press conferences. The division promotes all public-facing activities, manages production and distribution of newsletters, maintains digital assets and denes and protects PHRC’s agency branding. The Communications Division is responsible for relaying information to the public regarding monthly PHRC Commission meetings. Additional responsibilities include managing the production and distribution of the Commission’s Annual and No Hate in our State reports. The Communications Division plays a very important role in supporting the mission of the PHRC through public outreach and messaging. A core responsibility of this department is disseminating accurate, compelling and essential information to the public via the news media, social media, traditional advertising and public forums. From grass-roots eorts to state-wide awareness campaigns, the Communications Division must have its eyes on emerging social justice trends as well as erupting discrimination crises throughout the State. The division also works closely with many like-minded agencies, commissions, legislators and civic groups across the state and monitors agency activity to ensure that PHRC is working in a pro-active as well as reactive fashion.Laura ArgenbrightDirector of Communications Communications Division• Continued the implementation of ASL and CC interpreting for Social Justice programs.• social justice programs through social media, press releases and email campaigns.• PHRC partnered with the IAOHRA Conference on conference booklet design and publication.• PHRC partnered with the Urban League of Philadelphia on Juneteenth Booklet.• PHRC partnered with PennLive for the annual Peace and Justice Event.2021-2022 Highlights
25www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.The Policy and Intergovernmental Aairs department develops, coordinates and implements, with the dierent departments within PHRC, the political and community-sensitive development strategies designed to facilitate the successful completion of PHRC’s initiatives as provided by the Executive Director of PHRC. The oce collaborates with the various departments within PHRC to develop and implement short-term and long-term strategies designed to facilitate the achievement of PHRC’s goals and priorities, including securing new venue streams beyond HUD and EEOC. Coordinating the goals and priorities of individual departments within PHRC ensures PHRC is consistent in its communications with governmental and non-governmental entities alike.Grace DuniganDirectorPolicy and Intergovernmental Aairs Division2021-2022 Highlights• Held second annual School to Prison Pipeline conference.• Prepared and worked on the LGBTQIA+ regulations with the PHRC legal division and presented to IRRC and advocacy groups.• Coordinated statewide database of NAACP Presidents in Commonwealth.• to end racism on college campus.• corporations and organization.• Commonwealth state assembly.• Maintained ongoing communications and worked collaboratively with the Executive Directors of the Governor’s advisory commissions • Promoted the C.R.O.W.N. ACT to advocacy groups.“One had better die ghting against injustice than to die“One had better die ghting against injustice than to dielike a dog or a rat in a trap.”like a dog or a rat in a trap.” -Ida B. Wells
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations26Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.“e greatest movement for social justice our country has “e greatest movement for social justice our country has ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally ever known is the civil rights movement and it was totally rooted in a love ethic.”rooted in a love ethic.” -Bell HooksMediation as an alternative dispute resolution has proven very successful for settling discrimination complaints led with the PHRC. The Division’s purpose is to facilitate mediation sessions between the parties to contrive resolutions to the discrimination complaints that are led with the PHRC. We provide parties with a condential, neutral environment to settle their case separate of the investigation process. The Mediation Division allows parties to engage in a mediation session to reach an amicable resolution that is satisfactory to both parties. Mediation allows the investigative divisions to refer cases which reduces their caseloads. Additionally, cases resolved through mediation contributes to case closures in a more ecient manner.Grace DuniganDirectorChris YoungMediatorDesiree ChangMediatorMediation2021-2022 Highlights• Held second annual school to prison pipeline conference.• Prepared and worked on the LGBTQUIA+ regulations with the PHRC legal division and presented to IRRC and advocacy groups.• Coordinated statewide database of NAACP Presidents in Commonwealth.• • • ommonwealth state assembly.• Maintained ongoing communications and worked collaboratively • Promoted the C.R.O.W.N. ACT to advocacy groups.
27www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.• The PRO was able to continue maintaining and improving on the clerical compliment, adding to increased service to the public,investigations greatly increased with continued training and anupgrade in investigative procedures.• The PRO continued to provide increased outreach, technicalassistance and training to our community partners and shareholders. The PRO was able to double the-ing service to and forming new community partnerships.• year prior.• Conciliated a greater number of cases where the public interest sections of the settlements included• The PRO decreased their average case age from 601 days in 20-21 to 493 days in 21-22.• The PRO provided technical assistance to help maintain a strong Advisory Counsel in Indiana, PA andestablished a new and powerful Advisory Counsel in Penn Hills, PA. The PRO has been able to providetraining to both Advisory Councils to assist with the Mission of the Commission and promoting equalopportunities for all Pennsylvanians. The PRO has also provided technical assistance to local/regionalHuman Relations Commissions in upgrading their Human Relations Acts, assisted in and working withthe reestablishment regional Human Relations Commissions, and forming new county Advisory Coun-cils.2021-2022 Highlights “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom “Never once in my life did I ask God for success or wisdom or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”or power or fame. I asked for wonder, and he gave it to me.”-Rabbi Abraham Joshua HeschelThe Pittsburgh Regional Oce (PRO) of the PA Human Relations Commission embraces and promotes equal opportunity for all and enforces the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) which protects citizens from unlawful discrimination. The PRO serves 23 counties in the Commonwealth. The Compliance and Housing units of the Regional Oce investigate allegations and complaints of individuals who have been adversely impacted or harmed because of unlawful discrimination. The pandemic and subsequent work from home order forced the PRO and the PHRC to revise procedures and practices, incorporate existing electronic technologies and utilize the experience and dedication to duty of sta to become more ecient and productive in delivering our services to the Commonwealth.Lyle M. WoodRegional DirectorPittsburgh Regional Oce577577New cases accepted for investigation$132,593$132,593Total settlementamountNumber ofsettlements843843CasesclosedPittsburgh Highlights Addressing Discrimination 5757
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations28Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Q&A: Lyle Wood1. What brought you to the PHRC? I came to PHRC to continue to engage in , on a larger social justice/civil rights platform, the ght for the right(s) of all of the residents of the Commonwealth to be able to live, learn, and work free of unlawful discrimination, and to provide a voice to those seeking justice.2. What aspect of your department’s work were you most proud of in 2021-2022? I am most proud of the increase in probable cause case submissions that were reviewed and approved. The number of cases submitted for conciliation dramatically increased. The regional oce awarded $142,819 in settlements obtained. The Regional Oce accepted 807 new cases for investigation and closed 927 cases as investigated. This data demonstrat-ed the impact of our investigations to the people of the Commonwealth that we serve. I am also most proud of the growth in job knowledge, quality of work and professionalism demonstrated by the entire Regional Oce sta, Investigators, Clerical Personnel and Supervisors. The Pittsburgh Regional Oce’s most signicant goal in 2023 to increase the number of cases approved for probable cause and the number of cases that we can conciliate.4. What, for you, makes the work of the PHRC an essential service?“The practice or policy of discrimination foments domestic strife and unrest, threatens the rights and privileges of the inhabitants of the Commonwealth, and undermines thefoundations of a free democratic state.” This eloquent statement explains why the PHRC is not only the preeminent shield, but we are also the tip of the social justice spear that promotes equal opportunity justice for all and enforces the Commonwealth’s Civil Rights laws that protects the people from unlawful discrimination. With unlawful discrimination continuing to manifest itself and exist as a factor in our daily lives, the PHRC is needed now to address and eliminate unlawful discrimination now, as much as it was in 1955 when the ‘Act” was rst enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
29www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines. “I would like to be known as a person who is concerned “I would like to be known as a person who is concerned about freedom and equality and justice and prosperityabout freedom and equality and justice and prosperityfor all people.”for all people.” -Rosa ParksHeather RothRegional DirectorHarrisburg Regional OceThe Harrisburg Regional Oce (HRO) primarily handles the intake, investigation and litigation of discrimination complaints for the 39 counties we serve in the Commonwealth. The oce enforces the state’s anti-discrimination laws in those areas through investigation and litigation activities. The oce also promotes equal opportunity through its outreach and education eorts. The HRO is committed to continuing to change the climate in PA through thoroughly investigating cases, facilitating resolutions where appropriate and educating the public about what discrimination is and how to end it.• The HRO exceeded target goals for HUD case completion. The HRO closed 120 HUD cases on a goal of 40 cases. This is 3X our original goal. This does not include the addi-tional 9 cases in which probable cause was found for which we also received credit.• The HRO drastically improved Intake processing timelines. In 21-22 days from Intake to Service was 33.16 versus the previous year which took 250.81 days.• improvement from 28 the year prior.• The HRO was able to decrease their average case age from 560 days in 20-21 to 499 days in 21-22.• The HRO increased their settlement amounts from $634,733 in 20-21 to $1,715, 011 in 21-22. This is an increase of almost 300%. 2020-2021 High Highlights861861138138New cases accepted for investigationNumber ofsettlements1,1341,134Casesclosed$1, 715,011$1, 715,011Total settlementamountHarrisburg Highlights Addressing Discrimination
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations30Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Q&A: Heather Roth1. What brought you to the PHRC?After about 15 years in Human Resources dealing with issues of discrimination in the work-place, I was looking for a career that would have a meaningful impact on people. So often as an HR professional, I could see issues that needed addressing but senior management chose to ignore them or refused to address them. In my last HR position, my VP of HR was not one of those people. He believed in doing the right thing. He said something that was really profound to me. He said treating people the same is not what we should do. Fairness is more important than consistency. Not everyone should be treated the same because not everyone has the same circumstances. It was a lightbulb that went o and started my path of not just diversity and inclusion but equity and what that really meant.2. What aspect of your department’s work were you most proud of in 2021-2022?I am most proud of the 32 probable cause cases that were approved as well as the $1,715,011 in settlements obtained. These two pieces of data show the impact to the people we serve and the remedy we were able to obtain for them. My most signicant goal is to increase the number of cases approved for probable cause.4. What, for you, makes the work of the PHRC an essential service?As a woman, I have been the victim of discrimination. I know how that impacted me and how it impacts other people as well. It takes a great amount of courage to recognize and accept something like that has happened to you, so when people come to us, I take that very seriously. Although we are neutral fact nders, we are not neutral in enforcing our law. We must hold ourselves to a higher standard because the work we do ultimately has a huge impact on people’s lives. We must ensure we are doing thorough investigations and getting it right each and every time. At the end of the day, we are often the last resort complain-ants have to nd answers and remedy. Every case, regardless of the outcome, presents an opportunity to help both parties. Even if we find no probable cause, we provide explanation and closure for that Complainant, so they understand why the actions were taken against them. This might help them in the future when faced with similar situations. For respon-dents, it often shows them that their practices, maybe not discriminatory, could be im-proved. If we find probable cause, we eradicate one case of discrimination at a time, getting remedy for the Complainant, restoring them to the place they were before the discrimination happened. For the Respondent, we ensure they cease their unlawful practices and that they do not violate our act again, stopping future discrimination.
31www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.• • • during the year.• Promotions: Clerical Assistant promoted to Special Assistant to the Executive Director, four (4) HRR-I’s were promoted to HRR-II’s.• Universal Audenried Charter High School Community Resource Fair.• • • discrimination in PA.• • -see, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri). 2021-2022 HighlightsRobert Lindsey, Jr.Regional DirectorPhiladelphia Regional OceThe Philadelphia Regional Oce (PRO) addresses discrimination cas-es related to employment, housing, commercial property, public accom-modation and education in the ve (5) county area of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Phil-adelphia. The oce responds to a wide variety of complaints including discharge from employment, fail-ure to hire, failure to rent, failure to promote, eviction and failure to provide a reasonable accommo-dation. The PRO is committed to conducting complete and thorough investigations to ensure that the citizens of Pennsylvania can live, work and go to school free of discrimination.616616325325New cases accepted for investigationNumber ofsettlements$262,843$262,843Total settlementamount10101010CasesclosedPhiladelphia Highlights Addressing Discrimination “Every child has a right to learn in an environment “Every child has a right to learn in an environment that is safe.”that is safe.” -Kate Brown
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations32Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.“Faith is taking the rst step even when you don’t see “Faith is taking the rst step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”the whole staircase.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.Equal opportunity for all starts with housing, which can often determine where a child can go to school, access to a job with livable wages, quality transportation, clean air and water, public services and more. A person’s zip code is a major determinant of health and life expectancy. It is critical that Pennsylvanians have access to housing free from discrimination.The Fair Housing and Commercial Property division exists to breathe life into fair housing protections by educating housing stakeholders, advancing housing equity initiatives, and eliminating housing discrimination throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PHRC’s mission of promoting equal rights for all by keeping issues of housing equality in the forefront of our conversations with housing, lending, social service, real estate and housing advocate stakeholders across the commonwealth on issues.The purpose of the Fair Housing and Commercial Property division is to enforce the protections granted by the PA Human Relations Act and as a substantially equivalent agency to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), enforce the Fair Housing Act. To that end, this department provides proactive and mandated Fair Housing Compliance training to property owners, property management companies, lending institutions, social service entities, municipals governments and the community at-large.Additionally, as the leading civil justice enforcement agency in the commonwealth, the PHRC’s Fair Housing & Commercial Property division provides guidance on Armatively Furthering Fair Housing across the commonwealth. This department works with a variety commonwealth stakeholder on issues related to; housing stability, diversity equity and inclusion, housing education for property owners/property management companies and real estate professionals.Fair Housing and Commercial PropertyAdrian GarciaDirector• Reached over 2,000 individuals with quality fair housing information through more than 50 events.• • Launched a monthly webinar series with timely, practicle fair housing information.• Deepened partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders, including municipal leaders, state government agencies, housing providers, social service agencies, fair housing advocates and more.2020-2021 Highlights
33www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Q&A: Adrian Garcia1. What brought you to the PHRC? What brought me to the PHRC was the leadership, rst and foremost. Executive Director Lassiter brings a dierent approach to this work that is dierent from what you would nor-mally nd in administrative enforcement. His social work acumen allows him to envision this work as a humanitarian eort. He sees discrimination as the epidemy of human brokenness, and sees this work, though enforcement-oriented, a necessary path to achieve the beloved community. Secondly, I could not pass up the opportunity to foment meaningful change that could make the dierence people across the commonwealth with an understanding that the work is slow, but worth the eort.2. What aspect of your department’s work were you most proud of in 2021-2022? This team believes that training and information doesn’t end when the powerpoint shuts o. Training is not about checking a box, but about continued relationships. We are proud that dozens of individuals have reached out for further consultation, to le fair housing complaints, to request clarication and additional resources weeks and months after pro-viding group training. This is evidence of sustained collaboration and engagement to move fair housing initiatives forward. We are also proud of the time and eort invested by our division in providing and facilitat-ing trainings to our team of intake, investigative and supervisory sta on all aspects of the intake, investigative and conciliation process. These trainings, investment of time attend-ing weekly housing team meetings and the housing team’s open-mindedness and their willingness to follow through on concepts they have received training on, have resulted in double-digit increases in the amount of total cases investigated, the amount of conciliations achieved and the amount of probable cause found. In 2023, we will launch a white paper exploring housing barriers in Pennsylvania and what the PHRC and partners can do to achieve lasting housing change. This paper will not only inform of the history and current state of fair housing in the Commonwealth, but it will also include concrete steps the commission, through its regulatory authority, can take to ensure housing justice for all in the Commonwealth. Additionally, the report will include steps that other Commonwealth departments that manage housing policies and funding can take to achieve the goal of armatively further fair housing.4. What, for you, makes the work of the PHRC an essential service? The work of the PHRC is important for many reasons. As it pertains to housing justice, the federal Fair Housing Act has two goals, the prohibition of discrimination and the elimination of segregation, also known as Armatively Furthering Fair Housing. The Commonwealth as well as, all other states receive federal funding to assist them in working towards these goals. Our work is also important, because while the federal law lays out the framework for enforcing Anti- Discrimination laws, the Commonwealth’s PA Human Relations Act (PHRA) provides us with a reason to do this work and it provides the broadest protections for its people, for “the peace, health, safety and general welfare of the Commonwealth and its inhabitants”, (PA Human Relations Act, Section 2). The PHRA has historically recognized the need to protect vulnerable and underserved populations from discriminatory treatment long before the federal protections were aorded; this as important today as it always been.
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations34Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.“I cannot be an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope.”“I cannot be an optimist, but I am a prisoner of hope.” -Cornel WestDespite the success of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission in mediating conict throughout the Commonwealth during the past year, the sustainability of the vision “...that all people in Pennsylvania will live, work and learn free from unlawful discrimination” demands that the PHRC’s work involve more than litigation. This is why we have added the Beloved Community component to our practice. The Beloved Community is a term that was popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Itdescribes a community where members are passionately committed to the work of nonviolence and peace-making; a place where combatants could reconcile. The result of non-violence, King explained, is the Beloved Community - a community that considers the personal issues of discrimination, hatred and racism but also the social issues of poverty, health, homelessnessand hunger.The creation of the PHRC Social Justice Committees and the ongoing Social Justice Lecture Series are two initiatives that Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter has undertaken in order to bring the concepts of the Beloved Community into the daily work of the PHRC and into our engagement with our partners across the Keystone state. Dr. Martin Luther King often spoke of the transformational power of the Beloved Community and Executive Director Chad Lassiter believes the PHRC needs to also use this tool of reconciliation alongside those of litigation and policy-making. As King explained in 1963, “I do not think of political power as an end. Neither do I think of economic power as an end. They are ingredients in the objective that we seek in life. And I think that end of that objective is a truly brotherly society, the creation of the beloved community.”Social Justice in the Beloved Community
35www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Q&A: Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW1. What has been the most important aspect of your position as it relates to the mission of the PHRC?PHRC is the state’s ultimate civil rights protector and gatekeeper. What remains consistent is our concern for the quality of life of the citizens of Pennsylvania. Our work touches the most important aspects of people’s lives – education, jobs, housing and community. We also work to ensure that a person’s religious choices, gender expression, intimate partner selection does not become the source of hate. While our concern for the quality of life of Pennsylvania’s citizens has not wa-vered since 1955, the civil rights land-scape is forever changing. Our methods must reect that increased complexity.This is why I say the most important aspect of my position is to honor our legacy but to make certain that we are staying relevant by building our capacity to deal with today’s concerns.2. Can you give an example of what you see as a modern concern?One example is hate crimes. There is nothing new about using hate-fueled violence as a tool of terror and oppression. During my tenure at the PHRC domestic terrorism continues to grow as the country’s most signicant internal threat. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center the FBI documented 8,300 hate crimes in 2020, the highest number since 2001. The FBI has designated hate crimes a “national threat priority.” Traditionally hate crimes often occurred face-to-face. Social media has changed that. We are now dealing with issues like cyberbullying, cyberstalking and other forms of online hate. The PHRC will have to develop the right tools to address these new delivery systems. A step in that direction is to make certain that we recruit, hire and train a diverse sta because that brings a variety of unique perspectives to this work.challenge?The greatest challenge that I have faced during my rst ve years is grappling with the question of building consistency and quality within every step of our organization. This I see as the essence of high-quality constituent service.Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW Executive Director of PHRC
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations36Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.4. What role do you see your Beloved Community initiative playing with the PHRC?When someone calls the PHRC it is with an accusation of harm. Our job then is to inves-tigate and determine if, in fact, the evidence supports the claim. However, what if harm could be prevented? That’s the idea behind the Beloved Community. In short, it is a harm reduction strategy. It’s well documented that we are living in a highly polarized time. Yet, the ultimate custodian of a community’s peace and quality of life are the people who call it home. No matter how many laws, policies and procedures we put in place – welcoming and not marginalizing others is not something that can be policed. It must be encouraged.The Beloved Community is a method of partnering with communities to drive community dialog and engagement around the issues of dealing with conict in a way that makes their community a peaceful and just place to live not just for themselves but for all its residents.5. When you look into the future, what most excites you and what most concerns you?John C. Maxwell once said, “Leadership is seeing the possibilities in a situation while others are seeing the limitations.” I am concerned about self-care for myself and my sta. We all must work to make certain that we continue to be hopeful in an environment where de-spair and hopelessness are becoming normalized.What excites me is the ability to provide impactful service to the citizens of the Common-wealth. This requires sta that are inspired and passionate about their service but also well-trained, decisive and able to meet PHRC standards of timelessness, accuracy and fairness. It’s exciting to help develop the resources that help us remain mission ready.
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www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations38Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Social Justice Lecture Series (2021-2022)The goal of the Social Justice Lecture Series is to help the community heal by dealing with the pain of racism, discrimination, hate related violence while reducing tensions.March Women’s History MonthStop Asian American Pacific Islander HateSpeaker: JuJu Chang, Emmy award-winning Co-Anchor of ABC News’ Nightline and one of the most prominent Asian Americans in broadcast news. How are the Children?: Building Belonging in EducationSpeaker: Dr. Nikole Hollins-SimsSpecial Assistant to the SecretaryPennsylvania Department of Education MayAsian Pacific American Heritage Month Belonging Begins With Us: Stopping AAPI Hate and VIolence for the Long-TermPresenter: Romana Lee-Akiyama, DirectorPhiladelphia’s Office of Public EngagementAsian Racialized Trauma - Why and What Now?Presenter: Jessica C. Kim, LCSWCommunity Organizer, Mental Health Advocate, Scholar Speaker on Racialized Trauma Social Justice Lecture Series 2021-2022The goal of the Social Justice Lecture Series is to help the community heal by dealing withthe pain of racism, discrimination, hate related violence while reducing tensions.
39www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Social Justice Lecture Series 2021-2022AugustPHRC Social Justice Lunch & Learn SeriesDignity and Worth of Women with Children who have been Formerly IncarceratedFeaturing: Frances WolfFormer First Lady of PASeptemberHispanic Heritage MonthKeynote Address:Overcoming Doubt: Imposter SyndromeLt. Colonel Olga Custodio, USAF (retired)Diversity Speaks:The State of Latinos in Pennsylvania:A Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Conversation during National Hispanic Heritage Month Norman Bristol ColónChief Diversity OfficerPA Department of Community and EconomicDevelopment OctoberAn Evening In Conversation: Power, Truth, and Courage: Anita Hill and the Evolving WorkplaceAnita HillPresented in conjunction with Temple University Law School
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Are you looking for an informed presenter to speak to your community ororganization on subjects affecting their ability to live, work, and learn free from discrimination? PHRC trainers are available at no cost to present a varietyof social justice programs. Civil Rights and Filing a ComplaintCivil Rights Law and PHRC Jurisdiction PHRC Overview & How to File a ComplaintDisability & Reasonable Accommodation Preventing Discrimination in the Workplace and SchoolsCross-cultural Communication Conflict ResolutionSexual Discrimination in the Workplace Sexual Harassment PreventionPreventing Bullying and HarassmentSPIRIT Training Bias, Diversity, Equity and InclusionUnconscious Bias Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)Diversity & Cultural ProfessionalismBias and Hate Crimes Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement Fair Housing RightsFair Housing Fundamentals Fair Housing for LGBTQ+ Individuals Fair Housing & Disabilities Fair Housing for Municipal Leaders Fair Housing & Hoarding Fair Lending Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Service & Support Animals (Housing or General)History of Discrimination & Implicit Bias (Employment or Housing) To learn more, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out an online request at https://www.phrc.pa.gov/EducationandOutreach/ PHRC.pa.gov
PHRC1955-202243www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.PHRC Partnerships• Community College of Allegheny County• Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (Philadelphia)• Fair Housing Initiatives Programs throughout Pennsylvania• Governor’s Oce• Interfaith organizations• Local Human Relations Commissions and diversity organizations• NAACP - Cheltenham and Philadelphia Chapters• PA General Assembly• PA Department of Corrections• PA Department of Education• Reading School District• State Police and local law enforcement agencies• Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh• Urban League of Philadelphia• US Attorney’s Oce of the Western District of PA• US Department of Housing and Urban Development• US Equal Employment and Opportunity CommissionThe struggle for social justice cannot be achieved alone. By reaching out to communities, community partners and community stakeholders we can help empower and educate the community how to recognize discrimination and what to do if they believe they are victims of unlawful discriminations. PHRC is continually working to strengthen existing partnerships and develop new collaborations.
PHRC1955-2022www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations44Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Oce of the Hearing ExaminerThe primary purpose of the Oce of Hearing Examiner is to perform the adjudicatory functions of the PHRC. These functions include issuing a Rule to Show Cause when a petition is led alleging a Respondent has failed to answer a Complaint and making a recommendation of a nding of liability when a Respondent does not respond to a Rule to Show Cause. A Hearing Examiner also conducts pre-hearing conferences and the Public Hearing in those cases that are approved for Public Hearing. Finally, the hearing examiner submits a recommendation to the Commissioners after each public hearing that includes a proposed ruling.Darlene Hemerka, Esq.Chief Hearing Examiner• • • Reviewed eight Rule To Show Cause Petitions.• action as required by the PHRA.• Submitted Recommendations of Liability to the Commission in the six other cases.2021-2022 Highlights
45www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.45STATISTICS - FY 2021-2022Complaints Docketed by Subject Area - FY 2021-2022Subject Area Number of CasesPercentage ofTotal CasesEmploymentEducationHousingTotal3022202,16410.17%100%13.96%171 7.90%CommercialPropertyPublicAccommodations6 .28%1465 67.70%Basis of Complaints - FY 2020-2021Basis%Disability25.50%Retaliation24.30%Race13.30%Sex11.40%Religious Creed10.60%Age6.50%Ancestry2.20%National Origin1.80%Multiple Class1.30%Familial Status0.90%Other0.70%Use of Guide/Support Animal0.40%Color0.11%Trainer of Guide/Support Animal0.10%25.50%24.30%13.30%11.40%10.60%6.50%2.20%1.80%1.30%0.90%0.70%0.40%0.11%0.10%0.00%5.00%10.00%15.00%20.00%25.00%30.00%Basis of Complaints - FY 2021-2022DisabilityRetaliationRaceSexAncestryReligious Creed AgeNational OriginMultiple ClassesFamilial StatusOtherUse of Guide/Support AnimalColorTrainer of Guide/Support Animal
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations46Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.STATISTICS - FY 2021-2022Top ree Complaint Bases of the Four Categories - FY 2021-2022HOUSING1. Disability2. Race3. RetaliationPUBLICACCOMMODATION1. Disability2. Race3. RetaliationEDUCATION1. Disability2. Religious Creed3. RetaliationEMPLOYMENT1. Retaliation2. Disability3. SexSettled After Probable Cause Finding27 (.90%)Settled Before Probable Cause Finding341 (11.40%)Administrative581 (19.60%)No Probable Cause2040 (68.10%)Total = 30Administrative Closings 2020-21Filed in Court109Court of Common Pleas52Federal Court170Average Case Age (June 30, 2021)457 Days (This does not include time in intake)Probable Cause Findings Approved45PHRC has issued 30 probable cause ndings. Some cases remain open for conciliation or public hearing.Case Statistics - FY 2021-2022
47www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.STATISTICS - FY 2021-2022E - Employment | H - Housing | PA - Public Accommodations | ED - EducationAgeAncestryAge40’s50’s60’s70’s>80TotalE207397211212H012519PA*000000ED*000000Total207499262221AncestryAmerican or United StatesArabAsianDominicanHispanicIndianItalianLatinoLiberianMexicanMultipleNigerianPalestinianPuerto RicanRussianSyrianTurkishTotalE21111101212470231349H0000001000070001116PA101000000005100007ED000000000002000000Total31211111212611232472*Age is not a protected class under this case categoryMiscellaneous Class E H PA ED TotalOther 18 1 0 2 21Trainer of Guide/Support Animal 0 1 1 0 2Use of Guide/Support Animal 2 7 4 0 13Total 20 9 5 2 36Miscellaneous Class
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www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations50Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.STATISTICS - FY 2021-2022Race E H PA ED TotalAfrican American 174 60 0 10 244American Indian 1 0 0 0 1Asian 5 1 0 1 7Bi-Racial 5 2 0 4 11Black 60 19 6 4 89Brown 4 1 4 0 9Caucasian 23 5 0 0 28Complainants Race and the Known Association with Another Person 6 7 0 0 13Dark Brown 6 0 0 0 13Native American/Pacic Islander 1 0 0 0 1White 0 2 1 0 3Total 285 97 11 19 412Religion E H PA ED Total7th Day Adventist 2 0 1 0 2Atheism 1 0 0 0 1Baptist 1 0 0 1 2Buddhism 1 0 0 0 1Christianity 208 2 3 41 254Islam 8 3 2 0 13Israelite 0 0 1 0 1Judaism 14 3 1 0 18Methodist 1 1 1 1 4Non-Catholic 0 0 0 1 1Non-Christian 1 0 0 0 1Non-Jewish 1 1 0 0 2Paganism 1 0 1 1 3Pentecostal 1 0 0 0 1Presbyterian 1 0 0 1 2Protestantism 1 0 0 0 1Roman Catholicism 18 0 0 2 20Sikh 0 0 1 0 1Strongly Held Belief 31 2 3 12 48Total 280 10 13 60 363Race/ColorReligion
51www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.STATISTICS - FY 2021-2022Retaliation E H PA ED TotalFiled a PHRC Complaint 28 3 3 1 35Otherwise Opposed Unlawful Activity 685 47 25 21 778Provided Information 16 1 0 0 17Testied 1 1 0 0 2Total 730 52 28 22 832From Sex Retaliation E H PA ED TotalFemale 222 20 14 1 257Female Pregnant 39 3 0 0 42Gender Identity/Transgender 11 3 1 1 16Male 40 5 4 4 53Sexual Orientation 18 3 0 0 21Total 330 34 19 6 389Housing TotalAlcoholism 1Allergies 1Anxiety Disorder 13Arthritis 1Asthma 7Attention Decit Disorder 1Autism 5Back 5Bipolar Disorder 1Brain/Head Injury 2Brain/ Head Injury (Traumatic) 2Depression 1Down Syndrome 1Drug Addiction 1Emphysema 1Fibromyalgia 1Hearing 2RetaliationDisabilitySexHousing TotalHeart/Cardiovascular 5Hip Replacement 1Learning Disability 1Mental - Other 15Missing Digits/Limbs 1Other 110Other Emotional/Psychiatric 17Other Neurological 4Other Respiratory/Pulmonary 7Paralysis 1Post Traumatic Stress 8Schizophrenia 3Seizure Disorder 1Shoulder Impairment 1Stroke 1Vision 2Total 224
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53www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Employment TotalCarpal Tunnel Syndrome 2Cerebral Palsy 1Cervical Discogenic Injury 2Chronic Fatigue 1Crohn’s Disease 3Dementia 2Depression 29Diabetes 23Drug Addiction 16Dwarsm 1Dyslexia 4Eating Disorder 3Emphysema 1Epilepsy 7Extremities Impairment 23Fibromyalgia 8Gastrointestinal 14Graves Disease 1Hand Injury 6Hearing 28Heart/Cardiovascular 39Hernia 3Hip Replacement 1HIV 2Immune System Impairment 5Kidney 4Learning Disability 14Liver Impairment 1Lupus 2Menieres Disease 1Mental 0 Other 16Employment TotalMental Retardation 3Migraine 12Missing Digits/Limbs 3Multiple Sclerosis 7Narcolepsy 2Nonparalytic Orthopdeic 3Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 1Other 128Other Blood Disorder 3Other Emotional/Psychiatric 3Other Neurological 4Other Respiratory/Pulmonary 17Panic Disorder 1Paralysis 1Parkinsons Disease 3Post Traumatic Lumbar Strain 2Post Traumatic Stress 35Raynauds Disease 1Renal Dysfunction 1Respiratory Pulmonary Disorder 2Schizophrenia 2Seizure Disorder 3Shoulder Impairment 15Sleep Apnea 1Sleep Disorder 2Speech 1Spinal Stenosis 2Stroke 4Vertigo 1Vision 12Total 247continued...STATISTICS - FY 2021-2022
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations54Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Staff Recognition - AwardsTenure Recognition• Most Inuential African American Leaders for 2010-2022- The Philadelphia Tribune• 2022 PA 50 over 50 Power List- City and State PA Magazine • 2022 PA Impact 50 Power List- City and State PA Magazine • 2022 The Power of Diversity: Black 100- City and State PA Magazine • Michigan University School of Social Work Fall Commencement Speaker Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW:Martin Luther King Leadership Development Institute 2022 Graduates:• Tettie Hunt• Jennifer Stalnaker• Laura Argenbright• Carlos Alejandre• Gregory Holts • Kurt Jung• Stacey Waters• Shalonda Cooke• Zulay Rojas• Brittany Mellinger Carl Summerson 35 YearsLyle Wood 31 Years Martin Cunningham 25 YearsStephanie Chapman 22 YearsJodi Bradley 21 YearsSabrina Harrell 20 YearsDemora Wallace 20 YearsWe congratulate and thank these employees who have dedicated many years to PHRC and who have now retired or continue to serve the people of the Commonwealth:RetirementsRegina Young 35 YearsDemora Wallace 25 YearsKeith Yundt 18 Years
55www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelationsSocial iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Voices of EquityThe Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission: A Great Place to Work!I like working for the PHRC because it allows me to exercise my personal morals in my career by engaging in the ght for civil rights and equity for all. What drives me is ghting for the un-derdog and speaking up for myself and those who are unable to utilize their voice. - Ronnessa Edwards, Compliance Supervisor, PhiladelphiaWorking at the PHRC allows me to work in the civil rights space and to be a part of the change that this world so des-perately needs. I have a deep passion for public interest work that pours into diligently working to fulll the mission of the Commission. - Dana Prince, Prose-cuting Attorney, Philadelphia The PHRC fosters an environment in which we are all rowing in the same direction. The agency empowers, both the citizenry and employees, through ed-ucation and guidance to promote equal opportunity for all. I strive to make a positive impact on everyone I encounter. I understand that my actions may not have an immediate impact but might be the catalyst for some future action. This keeps me going every day. - Amanda Martin, Clerical Assistant, HarrisburgThe average person has limited resources to pursue a complaint of discrimination. I enjoy working for an agency that has designed a platform allowing people of the Commonwealth the opportunity to ght the injustice of discrimination. I am driven by the citizens of the Commonwealth and their need for justice. - Jodi Bradley, Compliance Supervisor, PittsburghI enjoy the support and encourage-ment the Agency oers. Sta mem-bers are empowered to use their skills in not just the capacity of their job title but in many areas. The Agency fosters a culture of growth and team building that I greatly appreciate. The mission of the PHRC speaks to my personal and professional ethos. I take great pride in knowing that I am working for an Agency devoted to Civil Rights and making the Common-wealth a more equitable place. While the work is challenging, the rewards are immeasurable. - Desiree Chang, Director of Education, Harrisburg I like working at the PHRC because I get the opportunity to make Pennsylvania a better place to live for all citizens. I’m motivated by making a dierence in the lives of others.Michael Goldstein, Compliance Supervi-sor, Harrisburg Because discrimination is a problem that continues to grow, I want to be part of the ght. I am driven by justice.Carlos Alejandre, Investigator, Pitts-burghI enjoy working at the PHRC because of the challenging work that consistent-ly increases learning with a company culture that encourages sta to inde-pendently develop their interests. I am driven by coworker compatibility; [it] sounds weird, but having people who want to work as hard as their supervi-sor makes for an engaging atmosphere.Paula Sirochman – Compliance Supervi-sor, PittsburghI love working for the PHRC because agency leadership encourages all of us to go beyond case investigations to explore dierent areas of civil rights. We’re constantly oered resources and education to contextualize our work, highlight its importance, and encourage us to keep going. I get to work with like-minded individuals, each an expert in their own area, who challenge me daily. I’m driven by the hope that one As the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s premier civil rights Agency, the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission prides itself as being a great place to work. Under the watchful leadership of Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter, the Commission employs a diverse high energy team of professionals who are dedicated to serving the people of the Commonwealth. For the past ve years, Executive Director Lassiter has transformed the Agency into a new and ecient workforce to meet his Social Justice vision of protecting the civil rights of all people of the Commonwealth in employment, housing, public accommodation, education and commercial property. The everyday positive energy, high work ethic and excitement can be felt in each of the Regional Oces.Most agree that PHRC is a great place to work. Don’t take our word for it, read what the sta has to say:
www.phrc.pa.govtwitter.com/PA_HumRelCommfacebook.com/PAHumanRelations56Social iconCircleOnly use blue and/or white.For more details check out ourBrand Guidelines.Voices of Equityday the Commonwealth won’t need an agency to enforce civil rights. Jenny Stalnaker – Investigator, Pitts-burghThe work of the PHRC furthers my personal values of fairness and equality and those values are essentially our mission statement. I’m driven by the intellectual challenge of the work and by the satisfaction I get ghting for the underdog. - Saul Ravitz, Investigato, PhiladelphiaI enjoy working at the PHRC because my supervisor is extraordinary, and I am able to save for the future. - Nicole Wilson-Gonsalves, Clerical Assistant, PhiladelphiaI enjoy working at the PHRC because there is no greater honor than to know that every day I rise with a purpose; to help improve the lives of the people of the commonwealth and to do this by ensuring that those oering direct services have the resources, mentor-ship, empowerment and support they need to do so. I am driven by the hope that my actions and eorts can result in making meaningful change for the better. If my actions can result in the possibility of justice for someone that has suered injustice that is like fuel to my re. - Adrian Garcia, Director of Fair Housing and Commercial Property, HarrisburgWorking at the PHRC allows me to help people who need it, and the opportu-nities to hear diverse perspectives that broaden the scope of my understanding of my fellow humans. I am driven by the rewards that hard work always brings and the feeling I get from helping others navigate this world in which we are surrounded by our misperceptions. - -Christopher Young, Mediator, Harris-burgIt is humbling to know that working hard can mean so much to the people reaching out to PHRC. I love knowing my work impacts so many of those people in their quest for justice. Debbie Walters, Administrator Ocer, Harrisburg
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