Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Minneapolis Departmentof Civil Rights

The mission of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is to enforce Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 (non-discrimination); Title 9, Chapter 172 (police conduct oversight); Title 16, Chapter 423 (small and underutilized business programs); Title 2, Chapter 24 (prevailing wage); and to promote understanding of civil rights among residents, businesses and government. The Department will carry out this mission by:

Department Announcements   

Step Up and Urban Scholars Create Career Pathways


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Both Step Up and Urban Scholars are among the premiere career readiness programs in the country. It is the City of Minneapolis’ hope that with pipeline programs like Step Up and Urban Scholars, as well as being more intentional about advertising all internship opportunities available, the City can build a workforce that is reflective of the people they serve.


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MDCR Outreach

MDCR outreach and engagement is narrowly tailored to educate, inform, and empower the community. MDCR educates so that the community gains the awareness of relevant issues and becomes knowledgeable about the work of MDCR in order to develop the ability to self-advocate; it informs the community by being transparent in the work it is doing; it involves the community by requesting meaningful participation in the work of the Department.

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Minneapolis Urban Scholars  







Last updated May 24, 2016