Human Relations Commission

Boards, Commissions & Committees

Human Relations Commission

The Fargo Human Relations Commission works to promote acceptance and respect for diversity and discourages all forms of discrimination.

Article 15-02 of the Fargo Municipal Code creates a Commission on Human Relations. It states the purpose of the Commission is to promote the acceptance and respect for diversity through educational programs and activities and to discourage all forms of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, the presence of any mental or physical disability, status with regard to marriage or public assistance, participation in lawful activity off the employer’s premise during nonworking hours which is not in direct conflict with the essential business-related interests of the employer or sexual orientation.

Article 15-0206 states the Commission is advisory in nature and final authority shall be in the Board of City Commissioners.

The Ordinance (No. 4081) was adopted by the City Commission on October 16, 2000.

Commission Members

The committee consists of nine volunteer members who are nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the City Commission. Each serves a three-year term. The Human Relations Commissioners represent a broad range of racial, religious, ethnic, social, economic, political and professional groups.

Liaison to the City's Executive Office

Commissioner John Strand is the liaison to The Fargo Human Relations Commission, Native American Commission, and LGBTQ community.


The Fargo Human Relations Commission (FHRC) assists in funding events that fit within its mission to encourage acceptance, respect for diversity and eliminate discrimination. If the FHRC commits funds to an event, it should be listed as a sponsor in all publicity. For more information about Fargo Human Relations Commission (FHRC) Sponsorships or to apply for funding, please contact the Planning and Development Department or call us at 701.241.1474.

Meeting Schedule & Location

The Commission meets on the third Thursday of each month at 12 p.m. in the Commission Chambers, City Hall, 225 4th Street North, Fargo, ND 58102. A public comment period is provided.

Commission sub-committees meet at various times during the month. The public is also welcome to attend these. For a schedule of these meetings, contact the Planning Department or call us at 701.241.1474.

Meetings are broadcast live on cable channel TV Fargo 56 and can be seen live by video stream at They are rebroadcast each Thursday at 12 p.m.

People with disabilities who plan to attend the meeting and need special accommodations should contact the Planning and Development Department or call at 701.241.1474 or TDD at 701.241.8258. Please contact us at least 48 hours before the meeting to give our staff adequate time to make arrangements.