Getting to Know the Chicago Commission on Human Relations
Description: Discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations continues to marginalize too many of Chicago’s residents. Hate crimes also have a devastating impact on individuals and communities, as we are currently seeing with the Asian American community in the wake of the pandemic. The Chicago Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) is charged with addressing these and many other issues as the City of Chicago’s civil rights agency. Join First Deputy Commissioner Kenneth Gunn for a discussion of the work and challenges facing this important and instrumental agency in bringing fairness and equity to our city.
Presented by: Kenneth Gunn. For more than 30 years, Ken Gunn has dedicated his career to public service, specifically civil rights law. He currently serves as the First Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations where he has been on staff since 1990. The Commission serves as the city’s civil rights agency responsible for investigating and adjudicating complaints of discrimination, aiding hate crime victims, mediating racial and ethnic tensions, and providing anti-bias training.
As the First Deputy, Ken is responsible for the managing the day-to-day operations of the agency under the direction of the commissioner. He is involved in all aspects of the Commission’s work including reviewing complaints of discrimination, strategizing to address hate crimes and community tensions, and directing personnel and fiscal operations. He also provides legal counsel to the staff and Board of Commissioners and works with the Mayor and City Council to draft and review legislation.
When: Tuesday, June 29th, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Where: At your desk via Zoom. Registrants will receive webinar details prior to the program.
Cost: This program is free to members.
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