Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission (DEIC)

Advises, recommends, and assists Council in matters relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and human rights. The mission of the Golden Valley DEIC is to promote and nurture a safe and welcoming community dedicated to the values of social equity, inclusion, and justice.

+ Meetings

Where: Golden Valley City Hall, 7800 Golden Valley Road (unless otherwise noted), and online via Webex

Regular Meetings: 6:30 pm, fourth Tuesday of each month (unless other notice is given). DEIC meetings will be cancelled due to lack of an agenda if there is no business to be discussed or if there is no quorum.

  • To monitor the meeting on Webex click here and enter the password goldenvalley, or call 1-415-655-0001 and enter meeting code 133 659 0690.
  • For technical assistance, contact the City at 763-593-8007 or webexsupport@goldenvalleymn.gov.

+ Agendas & Minutes

Minutes and agendas are posted here as soon as they become available. Minutes remain subject to approval at the next DEIC meeting.

+ Meeting Archive

+ Commissioners

  • Joelle Allen (April 2024)
  • Sheri Hixon (April 2022)
  • Thomas Huling (April 2022)
  • Melissa Johnson (April 2022)
  • Chris Mitchell (April 2023)
  • Ruth Paradise (April 2023)
  • Teresa Sit (April 2024)
  • Ajani Woodson (April 2024)
  • Vacancy
  • Vacancy

Staff Liaison

  • Kiarra Zackery, Equity and Inclusion Manager
  • Council Liason, Maurice Harris

+ Community Outreach

Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award

The DEIC seeks to recognize and support the efforts of these individuals through the Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award, which is presented every December in conjunction with Human Rights Day. While nominations are open year-round, the deadline for submitting nominations for the current year is Sept 30. Nominations received after Sept 30 will be considered for the following year's award.

Bill Hobbs

Bill Hobbs served on the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission from 1965-1995, joining shortly after moving to Golden Valley.

In 1999, he received the HRC's first Human Rights Award, named after Hobbs himself. The award is meant to recognize an outstanding citizen who has worked to build an environment that promotes fair and equal treatment for everyone.

Since then, the Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award has been presented to eight community members/organizations for their dedication in making Golden Valley a more welcoming and inclusive city.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be submitted by either an individual or an organization (ie, a club, social agency, unit of government, religious denomination, school, or business). Fill out the online nomination form (deadline is Sept 30, 2021).

  • Nominees must live, work, or conduct business in Golden Valley during the nomination year.
  • Nominee activities proposed for recognition should have a positive impact or clearly improved understanding or cooperation in the areas of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, or familial status.
  • Nominee services must be either voluntary or above and beyond a paid employee's usual job responsibilities.
  • Members of the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission are not eligible for the award while serving on the commission.

Selection and Award Process

  • The recipient is selected by members of the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission.
  • The Commission may give special consideration to activities that have occurred for an extended time, at least part of which have taken place during the current year, and that have had a significant impact on an affected group or individual.

The award is presented during a City Council Meeting. The recipient's name is inscribed on a plaque permanently displayed in Golden Valley City Hall. In addition, the recipient receives a similar plaque inscribed with his/her organization's name.

Dr Martin Luther King Human Rights Contest

The MLK Human Rights Contest is open to students in grades K–12 who live in Golden Valley, attend a school in Golden Valley, or attend a Robbinsdale Area District or Hopkins District school. Winners receive a cash prize.

More information on the 2022 contest is coming soon.

Past Contest Winners

+ How The DEIC Was Formed

In 2018, the Golden Valley City Council voted to create the Rising TIDES Task Force to provide recommendations on how to fulfill the City’s newly adopted Equity Plan. Over the next 2 1/2 years, the task force spent its time researching and engaging with the Golden Valley community on various equity-based topics. Stemming from the Task Force’s work was a proposal to create a more permanent body of appointed community members committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This new commission would also replace the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC).

The HRC served the Golden Valley community for over 50 years providing guidance to the City Council on human rights issues, helping build community by creating opportunities for dialogue on human rights issues, and sponsoring events like the HRC's Annual Day of Service, and directing persons to resources on human rights.

More past HRC community outreach events include:

View archived HRC Agendas and Minutes and Rising TIDES Agendas and Minutes in the City's online document center.