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Photo of Dayton and Cincinnati Regional Director Duffy JamiesonMonday, July 12, 2017 - OCRC Welcomes New Regional Director for Dayton and Cincinnati

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) welcomes Duffy Jamieson who serves as Regional Director for the Commission in the Dayton Regional Office and Cincinnati Satellite Office. Jamieson is a seasoned attorney with more than 27 years of litigation experience with the Ohio Attorney General’s office, including eleven years as Assistant Chief of the Civil Rights Section. Jamieson also possesses an impressive track record of outreach to Ohio communities and has received local and national recognition for his legal work.

Executive Director of the OCRC, G. Michael Payton, remarked, “We are elated for the opportunity to again work with Duffy Jamieson, who is a highly talented individual. As prior legal counsel who prosecuted cases for the OCRC in the Attorney General’s office, Duffy will bring many years of dedicated, professional service and experience to the OCRC’s management team. He is highly respected by his legal peers.”
 
The OCRC is honored to have Jamieson join the agency’s staff.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017 OCRC Co-sponsors Accessibility Design & Construction Requirements Training

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On Tuesday, July 11, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, in Collaboration with the Central Ohio Fair Housing Association and others, will hold a free training event on the Accessibility Design & Construction Requirements of the Federal Fair Housing Act (FHA). Registration is now live for architects, attorneys, and realtors who are interested. Click here to register online.


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May 28, 2017 - OCRC's Akron Regional Director on Forum360 

Akron Regional Director Bradley S. S. Dunn will appear on a Forum360 segment beginning Sunday, May 28, 2017. The segment will be broadcast on television and will be available online with Hudson Community TV's on-demand feature. Air times are as follows:

Radio

WONE FM 97.5 Air Time:   Sunday 6:00am    
WAKR AM 1590 Air Time:  Sunday 7:00am; 5:30pm, and Monday 12:30am

Television

Western Reserve Public Media, PBS-TV, 45/49 Fusion channel:  Mondays 8:00pm and Saturdays 5:00pm in the same week
Hudson Community TV (HCTV):  Tuesday, 10:30am; Wednesday 7:30pm; Thursday 10:30pm; Friday 1:00pm; Sunday 11:00 am.

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University of Akron Meeting April 27, 2017 at Quaker Square Inn

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission held one of its public commission meetings on the University of Akron's campus. Following the meeting, law professor Brant Lee presented a talk entitled, "Beyond Merit and Malice: Developing New Narratives for Racial Inequality."

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all student winners of 2017 MLK Contest

March 2, 2017 - 2017 MLK Contest Winners Celebrated

OCRC invited all of our Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing and Multimedia Contest winners to an award ceremony to celebrate their work. For more information, click here!


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Photo of Judge Denise Johnson and Department of Youth Services employees at Black History Month event

February 28, 2017 - Judge Johnson Speaks at Black History Month event

OCRC Administrative Law Judge, Denise Johnson, spoke to the Ohio Department of Youth Services on February 28th, during their Black History Month Celebration.  Johnson discussed the history of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, as well as the historic Kennedy v. City of Zanesville case.

 

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photo of Norman Gibson with Commissioners and Executive Staff

February 23, 2017 - Regional Director Norman Gibson Retires 


Norman Gibson, Regional Director of OCRC’s Dayton office, retired after serving the commission for twenty-one years. The commission celebrated his years of service, dedication, and leadership on February 23rd in Columbus and February 24th in Dayton. 


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Photo of Ellena Lee interviewed on 10TV

October 4, 2016 - Staff Featured on Toledo News

Staff members from OCRC's Toledo regional office were featured in a news segment on CBS 11 News, including an interview with OCRC investigator Ellena Lee. Staffers attended free CPR training by the American Heart Association in downtown Toledo. To watch the video, click here!


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Photo of 2016 Ohio Civil RightsHall of Fame Inducttes

October 6, 2016 - 8th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Ceremony

This year's Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame Ceremony was a great success and the Commission was honored to celebrate the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees. Click here for more information and a video of the ceremony


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Denison Meeting Sept. 29, 2016

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission held one of its hearings on Denison's campus. The hearing was open to the public and provided an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about Ohio's civil rights proceedings. 

 

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Photo of Director of Housing Ronnell Tomlinson speaking at training

August 24, 2016 - OCRC leads housing training for real estate professionals

OCRC's Director of Housing and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ronnell Tomlinson, in partnership with the Ohio Housing Finance Agency  (OHFA), conducted the first of a series of training sessions for real estate professionals. The training sessions included take a historical look at fair housing and civil rights, detailing current housing, advertising, and lending laws. The training qualifies for 3 hours of continuing education credits. For more information or to register for a future session, see the registration website. 

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August 27, 2016 - Columbus Regional Director Aman Mehra honored with Ohio Asian Award 

 

The Asian American Commerce Group (AACG) has selected OCRC's Columbus Regional Director Aman Mehra as Government Leader of the year for the 2016 Ohio Asian Awards. This honor is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the community. Mr. Mehra will be recognized at an award ceremony on August 27, 2016. Congratulations, Mr. Mehra!

 

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June 2016 - OCRC Celebrates with Indianapolis EEOC Office

Staff from the Ohio Civil Rights Commission traveled to Indianapolis on June 29 to celebrate the retirement of the leader at the Indianapolis district office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for enforcing employment law. The Indianapolis District Director invited OCRC staff to celebrate the long and prolific career of Webster Smith, who has been a great partner and collaborator  to the Commission.  

 

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May 19, 2016 - OCRC Cohosts Cincinnati Fair Housing Training

‚ÄčOn May 18, OCRC Director of Housing and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ronnell Tomlinson, worked with the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program to present a free training on the Fair Housing Act on May 18, 2016 in Cincinnati. The training focused on the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act, disability rights laws, and making housing accessible through accommodations and modifications. More than 170 architects, developers and property owners attended the event.

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Photo of Ohio Civil Rights Commissioners and Judge Green

May 3, 2016 - Ohio Civil Rights Commission Welcomes Commissioner Juan P. Cespedes

On April 28, members of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and OCRC staff celebrated the swearing in of new Commissioner Juan P. Cespedes. Commissioner Cespedes brings great experience working with other state agencies, boards and committees. The Honorable Judge James E. Green presided over the ceremony. For more about Commissioner Cespedes and OCRC's other Commissioners, visit our Commissioners page.  

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Photo of Akron Bar Association Spring Carnival


May 3, 2016 - OCRC Celebrates Diversity with the Akron Bar

OCRC Reconsideration Supervisor and Co-Chair of the Akron Bar Association's Diversity Committee Bradley S. Dunn helped plan the Association's Spring Carnival, with a focus on diversity and inclusion. The carnival was circus themed and included a magician and balloon artist. OCRC was proud to send our Diversity Bear to celebrate diversity and to help educate the Akron community about civil rights and the work of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

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April 11, 2016 - Nominations Accepted for the 2016 Civil Rights Hall of Fame - NOMINATION PERIOD CLOSED

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2016 induction class of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, to be held on October 6, 2016. Along with sponsors Wright State University, Honda of America, and PNC, OCRC expects to welcome another extraordinary group of individuals who have served as change agents in our state and around the country. We encourage all Ohioans from across the state to nominate extraordinary individuals for induction this year. Click here for more information about the Hall of Fame and videos of previous ceremonies. 

For more information about how to make a nomination for the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame, please see this year's nomination form

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April 13, 2016 - OCRC Cosponsoring Cincinnati Fair Housing Training on May 18



With the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority and the Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will be helping to present a free training on the Fair Housing Act on May 18, 2016 in Cincinnati. The training will focus on the accessibility requirements of the Fair Housing Act, disability rights laws, and making housing accessible through accommodations and modifications.The training event will be held at the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority Leasing Office, 1088 W. Liberty St. Cincinnati, Ohio 45214.

The training will be of particular interest to property managers, apartment project owners, developers, builders, accessibility organizations, disability rights advocates, attorneys, enforcement officials and government agencies.  Attending the full training will provide American Institute of Architects (AIA) members with 6 hours of AIA approved CEU credits.

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April 11, 2016 - April is Fair Housing Month

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is honoring Fair Housing Month with the theme, “Shared Opportunity in Every Community.” All month long, HUD and OCRC will celebrate the dream of having a safe and decent place to call "home" that reflects our shared belief that in this nation, opportunity and success are within everyone’s reach. Under the Fair Housing Laws, every person is assured the opportunity to build a better life in the home or apartment of their choice – regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, military status or disability. We invite you to share this celebration with us by posting Fair Housing Month posters this April.
April 2016 HUD Fair Housing Poster

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photo of OCRC employees at West Virginia Civil Rights Celebration

Staff Celebrates Civil Rights with West Virginia's Human Rights Commission

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission's Executive Director Michael Payton, Administrative Law Judge Denise Johnson and Dayton Regional Director Norman Gibson were in Charleston, West Virginia on February 25, 2016 to celebrate the 13th Annual Governor's Civil Rights Day. The event, which was organized by West Virginia's Human Rights Commission, focused on "Advancing Civil Rights Through Advocacy," and included recognition of former Ohio State University President E. Gordan Gee. OCRC Staff Members are pictured below enjoying the celebration.

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OCRC Celebrates 2016 MLK Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest Award Winners at Ceremony

On February 11, 2016 staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission welcomed nearly 100 guests to a ceremony in honor of the 17 winners of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest. Winners' families, teachers and school administrators from all around the state braved the cold and icy roads to Columbus to celebrate the extraordinary work of these students. Winners were treated to remarks from Director Cynthia Dungey of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and recognition from state legislators and the office of Governor John Kasich. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the OCRC Central Office for a casual lunch reception. For more information about the 2016, including the winning submissions and a photo slideshow of the ceremony, check out our 2016 MLK Contest page.

2016 contest winners

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Ohio Attorney General's Office Releases New Civil Rights Reporter

The Ohio Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division has published a new issue of its Civil Rights Reporter for January 2016. This edition includes an interview with Ohio Civil Rights Commissioner William W. Patmon, III, a primer on religious accommodation in the workplace, a review of recent Ohio Civil Rights Commission decisions, and an article about what to do if a charge is filed against your small business. The Reporter also introduces two important new informational materials:  “Fair Employment Guide for Business Owners and  Fair Housing Guide for Landlords. OCRC applauds our partners at the Attorney General's office for these great resources!

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OCRC staff attend CBA's Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium

On January 29, 2016, the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) hosted the 4th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Symposium, "Beyond Awareness: Civil Rights for All." The event included seminars on current topics in civil rights from nationally-known civil rights leaders and a lunchtime presentation from The Harmony Project. Ohio Civil Rights Commission staff were a part of the event's planning committee and attended the symposium to participate in the discourse.  For more information on the event, visit the CBA's event webpage.

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OCRC attends Olentangy Liberty High School research presentation

Staff members of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission were invited to attend Olentangy Liberty High School's "History vs. Hollywood" student research presentation on January 6, 2016. OCRC's Executive Director, G. Michael Payton, Director of Regional Operations, Keith McNeil, and Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, Mary Turocy came out to support the students' research. 

The research projects focused on whether the film versions of historical events or periods are accurate or fiction. Students researched several films dealing with civil rights struggles, including The HelpSelma, 42, and many more. DRO's Executive Director presented Olentangy Liberty student Sarah Fritz with a proclamation to recognize the importance of her interest in civil rights history. 

Photo of OCRC Executive Staff members standing with Olentangy Liberty High Student photo of History vs. Hollywood room and crowd

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Darlene Newbern, Toledo Regional Office Director, receives the Fred L. Shuttlesworth award at the State of the State

Photo of Commissioners with Regional Director Darlene Newbern

This award is given to an individual who best epitomized Reverend Shuttlesworth's commitment to social justice, civil rights and broadening opportunities for all Americans.  The award and recognition are intended to express appreciation, to encourage continued efforts and to identify the recipient as an example for the many others who share the same goal.  Ms. Newbern was presented the award at the 19th annual State-of-the-State Conference on March 19, 2015.  She is pictured above with Chairman Hubert and Commissioners Barreras, Patmon and Roberts who honored her at the April 2nd Commission Meeting.

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Former Commissioner for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission and former Ohio Senator Tom Roberts was recently appointed to the Ohio Task Force on Community - Police Relations by Governor John Kasich

Photo of Commissioner Tom Roberts

This Task Force was created to explore the cause of fractured relationships between communities and law enforcement, to examine strategies to strengthen trust between them in order to resolve the underlying causes of friction, and to provide Governor Kasich with a report with recommendations about best practices available to communities.  To learn more about the Task Force or to view their recent meeting at Cleveland State University, please visit their website at www.ocjs.ohio.gov/otfcpr.


OCRC Celebrates 2016 MLK Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest Award Winners at Ceremony

On February 11, 2016 staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission welcomed nearly 100 guests to a ceremony in honor of the 17 winners of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest. Winners' families, teachers and school administrators from all around the state braved the cold and icy roads to Columbus to celebrate the extraordinary work of these students. Winners were treated to remarks from Director Cynthia Dungey of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and recognition from state legislators and the office of Governor John Kasich. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the OCRC Central Office for a casual lunch reception. For more information about the 2016, including the winning submissions and a photo slideshow of the ceremony, check out our 2016 MLK Contest page.

2016 contest winners

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Ohio Attorney General's Office Releases New Civil Rights Reporter

The Ohio Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division has published a new issue of its Civil Rights Reporter for January 2016. This edition includes an interview with Ohio Civil Rights Commissioner William W. Patmon, III, a primer on religious accommodation in the workplace, a review of recent Ohio Civil Rights Commission decisions, and an article about what to do if a charge is filed against your small business. The Reporter also introduces two important new informational materials:  “Fair Employment Guide for Business Owners and  Fair Housing Guide for Landlords. OCRC applauds our partners at the Attorney General's office for these great resources!

OCRC Celebrates 2016 MLK Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest Award Winners at Ceremony

On February 11, 2016 staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission welcomed nearly 100 guests to a ceremony in honor of the 17 winners of the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Writing, and Multimedia Contest. Winners' families, teachers and school administrators from all around the state braved the cold and icy roads to Columbus to celebrate the extraordinary work of these students. Winners were treated to remarks from Director Cynthia Dungey of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and recognition from state legislators and the office of Governor John Kasich. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to the OCRC Central Office for a casual lunch reception. For more information about the 2016, including the winning submissions and a photo slideshow of the ceremony, check out our 2016 MLK Contest page.

2016 contest winners

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Ohio Attorney General's Office Releases New Civil Rights Reporter

The Ohio Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division has published a new issue of its Civil Rights Reporter for January 2016. This edition includes an interview with Ohio Civil Rights Commissioner William W. Patmon, III, a primer on religious accommodation in the workplace, a review of recent Ohio Civil Rights Commission decisions, and an article about what to do if a charge is filed against your small business. The Reporter also introduces two important new informational materials:  “Fair Employment Guide for Business Owners and  Fair Housing Guide for Landlords. OCRC applauds our partners at the Attorney General's office for these great resources!