Human Relations Commission

Overview

On June 18, 2018, the Vermillion City Council established a Human Relations Commission in accordance with South Dakota Codified Law 20-12-5. The board of directors disseminate information and conduct public meetings regarding diversity recognition and anti-discriminatory practice, engage and cooperate with persons in organizations interested in similar objectives, and otherwise act to promote human and civil rights for all citizens and visitors of Vermillion. The Commission also receives complaints related to discrimination in employment, labor organizations, housing, providing public accommodations or services, banking, and in general circumstances.

Vermillion Human Relations Brochure

Municipal Equality Index

Annually, the Human Rights Campaign rates cities based on the their laws, policies, benefits, and services. Cities included are the 50 state capitals, the 200 largest cities in the United States, the five largest cities or municipalities in each state, the cities home to the state's two largest public universities, 75 cities & municipalities that have high proportions of same-sex couples, and 98 cities selected by HRC and Equality Federation state groups members and supporters. For more information about the Human Rights Campaign and the Municipal Equality Index, please visit their website. The City of Vermillion's 2020 Municipal Equality Index is 53. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes.

Contact Us

vhrc@cityofvermillion.com

Members

  • Brenda Fergen (2023)
  • Gerald Yutrzenka (2023)
  • Shannon Cole (2022)
  • Wendy Hess (2022)
  • Calvin Peterson (2021)
  • Jordan Bonstrom (2021)
  • Codylee Riedman (2021)

Vermillion Police Department Human Relations Liaison

  • Chad Passick, Captain 

     E-mail Captain Passick

City of Vermillion Executive Staff Human Relations Liaison

  • James Purdy, Assistant City Manager/Director of Human Resources

E-mail James.