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Posted on: December 18, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: Brookings Community Listening Sessions

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The Brookings Human Rights Commission is conducting a series of Community Listening Sessions with various community groups. The purpose of these sessions is to hear directly from Brookings community members to better understand local issues, needs, and ideas for change. The information gathered will be used to inform our future goals and initiatives and shared with community stakeholders. To date, we have held sessions with African American community members and Hispanic/Latinx community members. Our next session in late January or early February will be with the LGBTQ+ community. Also, we have future sessions planned with the Native American, Muslim, Hindu, Asian, and African communities in the Brookings area. If you are interested in participating in the listening sessions, please contact the Brookings Human Resources office at 605-697-8668 or by email at


The mission of the Brookings Human Rights Commission (BHRC) is to improve human relations in the Brookings area by fighting discrimination through education and a complaint resolution procedure. The Commission seeks to protect the rights of and prevent and eliminate bias and discrimination against individuals or groups because of their sex, race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, disability, familial status, national origin, age, marital status, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or political affiliation, with respect to employment, labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education, public accommodations or public services. The Commission promotes educational activities to make Brookings an inclusive and welcoming community.

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