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


Established by municipal ordinance in 1992, the Human Relations Commission develops and implements programs and initiatives that encourage a positive and constructive dialogue within the township about diversity and diversity related issues. The commission encourages the inclusion of all people in the leadership of civic and community issues and groups. The commission is involved in community-building tasks and strategies that enhance and sustain respect among different groups and people.

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
  • Reji George
  • Asmeret Ghebremicael
  • Dr. Joyce Harley
  • Dagmar Hobson
  • Dr. David E. Jones
  • Elizabeth Milhim
  • 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.