Ohio 2020 Public Service Recognition Week LogoMay 3-9, 2020 - OCRC Celebrates Public Service Recognition Week

The week of May 3 marked the 2020 annual Public Service Recognition Week and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission celebrated the hard work of our staff all week. Click here for a website commemorating the occasion.

February 27, 2020 - OCRC Celebrates 2020 MLK Contest Winners

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission presented and honored the work of 18 extraordinary Ohio students at our 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Essay, and Multimedia Contest awards ceremony.  For more details and to see all the winning entries, click here.​

photo of G. Michael Payton smilingDecember 31, 2019 - Retirement of Executive Director G. Michael Payton

After 35 years of public service and 18 years working devotedly as the Executive Director for OCRC, G. Michael Payton retired on December 31, 2019. Chief Legal Counsel Stephanie Bostos Demers has assumed the role of Acting Executive Director until a new Executive Director is appointed.


November 13, 2019 - OCRC Presented at EEOC Training Seminar

The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) hosted a training seminar on Wednesday, November 13 featuring presentations from several OCRC staff. OCRC's Administrative Law Judge Denise Johnson presented on "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Rights and Best Practices," Mediator Sonya Steele presented on mediation, and Chief Legal Counsel Stephanie Bostos Demers presented on "Retaliation - The Legal Pitfalls of 'Getting Even,'" during this day of training.


photo of Commissioners and the 2019 inductees of the Ohio Civil Rights Hall of FameOctober 10, 2019 - 11th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and sponsors welcomed the 2019 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees at the 11th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. This year, Thomas Jefferson Ferguson, Mary Hackney, Dr. Jack Hansan, Jerrie Mock, Burt Silverman, and Stanley Tolliver were inducted to the Civil Rights Hall of Fame.

Angela Pace, Director of Community Affairs for 10TV News, served as Mistress of Ceremonies, Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin provided the keynote address and Opera Columbus provided entertainment. For more information about this year's Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees and ceremony, click here.


Photo of Commissioner Dr. Carolyn PetersSeptember 26, 2019 - Dr. Carolyn Peters interviewed for OOD Podcast

OCRC Commissioner and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disability (OOD) Council Chair, Dr. Carolyn Peters, was interviewed about her personal journey and how she became involved with OOD. Click here to access the podcast.


Photo of OCRC staff in front of Mid-Ohio Foodbank distribution centerAugust 21, 2019 - OCRC Visits Mid-Ohio Foodbank 

To celebrate the conclusion of the state's annual Operation Feed food drive, staff from OCRC's Central and Columbus Regional Offices toured the Mid-Ohio Foodbank distribution center, offices, and food pantry.


photo: Chair Lori Barreras cuts a 60th anniversary cakeJuly 29, 2019 - OCRC Turns 60! 


Staff from OCRC's Central and Columbus Regional Offices celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the agency. The Ohio Civil Rights Act of 1959 was signed into law on July 29, 1959 by Governor Michael V. DiSalle. Here's to many more years of civil rights enforcement!