Human Relations Commission

Meetings

  • 5 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday in January, March, May, July, September, and November
  • Municipal Building
    245 deKoven Drive
    Middletown, CT 06457

The Municipal Building is wheelchair accessible.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Justin Carbonella, Chairperson
  • Brandie Doyle, Vice Chairperson
  • Jeanette Blackwell
  • Henry Fernandez
  • Ava Hart
  • Reverend Thea Racelis
  • Debbie Ruimerman
  • Howard Thody
  • Vacancy

Overview

The City of Middletown’s Human Relations Commission is made up of nine Middletown residents representing a broad cross-section of our Community. These individuals have varied careers and are committed to activist roles in a myriad of civic, ethnic, and community groups. Take a look at our brochure!

There are nine Commissioners, all appointed by the Mayor. The Commissioners are confirmed by the Common Council and then serve staggered four-year terms. The Commission’s Staff consists of Faith Jackson, Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.

Community Involvement

The public is encouraged to attend meetings of the Human Relations Commission to bring to its attention any human relations problems, ideas, or concerns. We encourage community and other groups to come to speak to our commission regarding items that fall within the commission's purview.

If your group is interested in making a presentation, please email the Commission Chairman Justin Carbonella. To receive commission meeting agendas, announcements for commission events, or to be included on the commission’s mailing list, please contact us! 

Mission

  • Conduct and promote activities that foster mutual respect and understanding
  • Protect basic human rights and civil rights
  • Create an atmosphere that promotes amicable relations among all who work, live, or visit the City of Middletown

Activities

The City’s Human Relations Commission advises the Mayor, Common Council, Department Heads, and Department Directors on methods to assure that all City residents have equal access to economic, political and educational opportunities, equal access to service protection, and accommodation in all business and public agencies.

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