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 of Police Conduct Review
(612) 673-5500

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

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Welcome to the
Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights   

The mission of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights 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

Calling All College Students!

The Urban Scholars application period for the 2015 cohort is now open. Applications are due on February 20, 2015.

Urban Scholars is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled and in good standing at a 2- or 4- year college or university and recent graduates with a degree conferred between December 2014 and May 2015.

Visit for more information and link to the online application.

Daniel Webster v. Prospect Foundry Contested Case Hearing

On December 4, 2014, starting at 9:00 a.m. at the University of Minnesota Law School Courtroom 180, the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights will conduct a Contested Case Hearing regarding the case of Daniel Webster v. Prospect Foundry.

The Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights will hear the case and shall order a final decision. The Commission orders may be appealed for review to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. 


University of MN Law School Courtroom 180
Mondale Hall
229 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

 Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and City of Minneapolis Transgender Issues Workgroup supports

Minnesota State High School Leagues' Proposed Athlete Policy


(MINNEAPOLIS) Minneapolis City Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, on behalf of the Minneapolis’ Transgender Issues Workgroup, expressed support for a resolution passed on November 17, 2014 by the Minneapolis Civil Rights Commission in support of the Minnesota State High School Leagues’ (MSHSL) Proposed Policy titled “Participation in MSHSL Activities by Transgender Student Athletes.”

On December 4, 2014 the MSHSL will vote on a proposed policy that would allow for transgender students to participate in school athletics regardless of their gender identity. 

“We believe such policy updates will help ensure that public schools are in compliance with local, state, and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment of transgender students.” Council Vice President, Elizabeth Glidden

The resolution notes that, “[The Commission on Civil Rights’} mission is to seek and eliminate bias and discrimination in all forms…and that all students should be able to participate in school activities regardless of their gender identity.”


“The Commission is proud to stand with the City’s Transgender Issues Workgroup, and Council Member Glidden in support of the MSHSL’s proposed transgender student athlete policy in hopes that the policy will lead to a fuller, more enjoyable experience for all of Minnesota’s student athletes,” said the chair of the Civil Rights Commission, Michael Harralson.

To review the resolution, visit the Commission’s webpage









Last updated Jan 14, 2015