Human Relations Commission

                                                             West Orange New Jersey Human Relations Commission

Statement from The Human Relations Commission of West Orange Township  condemning racial violence against asian, asian american and pacific islanders:

The Human Relations Commission of West Orange Township condemns the recent acts of hate, bigotry and racial violence
against the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We stand in solidarity with AAPI communities
and encourage all to join us in our fight against racism, xenophobia, and racial bias of all forms. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
once said “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Let’s continue to come together as a community
to speak up and out against all forms of injustice and oppression. #StopAAPIHate   

Anti-Hate Safety Resources - Asian American Federation (


The West Orange Human Relations Commission was established by municipal ordinance in 1992 in order to create and foster values of diversity, equity and inclusion among groups in the community. The Commission makes recommendations to the Mayor that informs policies, procedures and educational programs that will support an agenda that identifies, addresses and dismantles all types of discrimination, bias and injustice, whether perceived or actual, based on identities such as, but not limited to race, gender, religion, socio-economic background, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, ability or sexual orientation.

Human Relations Commission Ordinance


  • 7:00 pm
  • Fourth Monday of each month
    2021: 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/28, 7/26, 8/23, 9/27, 10/25, 11/22 & 12/20
  • Town Hall Room 109
    66 Main Street
    West Orange, NJ 07052
  • Email the Human Relations Commission


  • Dawn Adams
  • Shakira Adams
  • Alexandra DeRonde
  • Marguerite Foster
  • Shannon Gattens- Vice Chair
  • Reji George
  • Asmeret Ghebremicael
  • Dr. Joyce Harley
  • Dagmar Hobson
  • Dr. David E. Jones- Chair
  • Elizabeth Milhim
  • Rabbi Robert Tobin
  • Patrecia West
  • Cindy Matute-Brown - Township Council Liaison 

Education Programs

The commission enlists the cooperation of all township departments to achieve its stated goals and work in conjunction with the West Orange Board of Education to acclimate young people as part of the community fabric. The commission develops formal and informal educational programs to eradicate all types of discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, age, socioeconomic standing, or sexual orientation.