The purpose is to recognize the authority of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission and foster use of its procedures and programs; to increase awareness, understanding and appreciation of diversity, equity and inclusion within the community, and to proclaim a public policy of nondiscrimination by securing freedom from discriminatory practices based on a person’s race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, ancestry or disability as defined in Iowa Code Chapter 216 (“Protected Groups”), protecting individual dignity, ensuring their full productive capacities, preserving the public safety, health, and general welfare, and promoting the interests, rights, and privileges of individual citizens within the City.
Plan, conduct, and assist organizations in programs designed to increase community awareness, appreciation of diversity, equity & inclusion and the full securing of the rights of all citizens.
Study the existence, character, causes and extent of discrimination within the City and attempt to eliminate discrimination through education and understanding.
Promote goodwill and minimize or eliminate discriminatory practices.
Issue publications and reports of research.
Provide intake assistance for complaints.
Make recommendations to Council.
The commission shall meet as needed to carry out the purpose of the commission.
The commission is comprised of seven people appointed by the Mayor with Council approval. Appointments shall take into consideration the protected groups and geographical areas within the City insofar as may be practicable.