The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission has developed and made the following programs and services available in an effort to eliminate discrimination or to remove the effects of past discrimination.
The Community, Police, and Fire Relations has established Community Interventions Teams (CIT) and ABC's of CPD and CFD Workshops to provide community education and to facilitate Columbus Police and Fire Divisions and community members to engage each other to address community problems and build a trusting relationship.
The Columbus Civil Rights Code Chapter 23.31 makes it illegal to discriminate against individuals in employment, housing and public accommodation because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex or sexual orientation or to interfere with their civil rights.
The Community Relations Commission is authorized to investigate, mediate, conciliate and conduct hearings on complaints alleging discrimination and to work with the City Attorney to prosecute cases where discrimination has occurred.
We provide customized four and eight-hour training sessions addressing issues of cultural sensitivity. Topic areas include managing change, impacts of stereotyping, perception vs. reality, analysis of culture, increasing cross-cultural communication, gender issues, legal compliance and more.
Engage in community activities such as mediation, event planning, working with neighborhood leaders, educating residents and businesses about city government, conflict resolution, community events, diversity training and serves as a resource to individuals and businesses throughout Central Ohio. Gale is also responsible for the Martin Luther King march, Lunch and Learn's, Neighborhood Best Practices Conference and Community Outreach Road Show.
Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s new American Initiative was created to give all immigrant and refugees living in Columbus access to city services and programs to help improve their lives. This initiative gives equal opportunity to all refugees and immigrants and allows them to become responsible, productive residents of Columbus.
Starting in 1994 the Community Relations Commission began a series of “Days of Dialogue” to capitalize on the Not in Our Town national dialogues joining communities all over the United States in an event where residents could come together and discuss their response to bigotry and intolerance in our community.
We offer public forums that cover a variety of topics in an effort to improve community relations...
The City of Columbus Community Relations Commission has started a new Speakers Bureau to better educate and empower the community along with business and non profit agencies making our city great. We are able to present on location or in our meeting rooms.