Human Relations Commission

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The Boone Town Council finds that prejudice and the practice of discrimination against any individual or group based on actual or perceived age, mental or physical disability, sex, religion, creed, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial or marital status, economic status, veteran status or national origin, may menace the peace and public welfare. 

To work towards elimination of such prejudice and discrimination, a commission has been established through which the citizens of Boone may be kept informed of developments in human relations, the officers and departments of the town may obtain advice and assistance concerning practices to keep peace and good order, and private persons and groups may be officially encouraged to promote tolerance and goodwill to all people.


The purpose of the Human Relations Commission is to promote and improve human relations and equity among all citizens in the town. The Commission will work with town government and partner with communities and outside agencies in an effort to encourage and ensure diversity, fairness, equity and inclusion throughout the town. In furtherance thereof, the Commission should endeavor to identify and assist in addressing all forms of individual, institutional and community discrimination through education, advocacy and policy recommendations.


The duration of the Committee shall initially be for five years, after which the Committee shall expire unless action has been taken by the Town Council to extend its duration. 


The HRC shall consist of up to 10 members who are appointed by the Town Council for staggered terms. 3 members shall be appointed to 3 year terms, 3 members shall be appointed to 2 year terms, and 3 members shall be appointed to 1 year terms. After which, all expired terms will be shifted to three year terms. For open positions or for more information, please read the Apply for a Board or Commission page.

Human Relations Commission Application


The HRC will select from its membership a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, and a Secretary, each to serve for a period of one year or until a successor is appointed.


Meeting times and dates will be determined by the commission members. Once decided, the meeting times and dates will be updated on this webpage.


Commission MembersAppointedTerm Expires
Harley William Atkins (he/him/his)- Chair04/12/2023
Laura Buck (she/her/hers)- Vice Chair09/14/202309/14/2025
Dana Bango (she/her/they/them)- Secretary 11/09/202211/09/2025
Dr. Tiffany Christian (she/her/hers)- Commission Member10/12/202210/12/2024
Steven Yow- Commission Member10/12/202210/12/2024 
Joan Brook (she/her/hers)- Commission Member03/08/202303/08/2026
Anneliese Maria Thomae Elias (she/they/elle/ella)- Commission Member06/14/202306/14/2026
Meredith Sanchez-Sanchez- Commission Member06/14/202306/14/2026
Sean Morris (he/him/his)- Commission Member09/13/202309/13/2024
Vacant Position- Commission Member