Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

PHRC Events

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) offers free conferences, webinars, and in-person events throughout the year to educate on different topics related to civil rights.

Disability Conference

This one-day conference aims to bring together individuals with disabilities, advocates, human resource managers, supervisors, disability related organizations, or anyone looking to get more information on how individuals with disabilities can use programs and services to thrive in the employment setting.

Don't Leave Me Out! Holistic Approaches for Disability Inclusion & Resolving Conflict

Digital Program

Don't Leave Me Out! Holistic Approaches for Disability Inclusion & Resolving Conflict, Digital Program

Diversity Speaks Series

The Diversity Speaks Series was developed for a general audience to provide a variety of perspectives on the most pressing human rights issues of the day.

Don't Believe Everything You Hear: My Positive American Experience

Featuring Amer Al Fayadh, (Part 3 of our series on Islam and Islamophobia)

Don't Believe Everything You Hear: My Positive American Experience

Best Practice Solutions to the Mental Health Consequences of Child Sex Trafficking

Featuring Ruchira Gupta

Best Practice Solutions to the Mental Health Consequences of Child Sex Trafficking

Breaking Barriers: Embracing the Colors of Unity

Featuring Hagir Elsheikh

Breaking Barriers: Embracing the Colors of Unity

Fair Housing Empower Hour

Monthly fair housing training on different topics to provide a broad look on some of the subject matter that relate to fair housing. The topics are designed to promote conversations and questions. All sessions are free and held from 12-1 p.m. Anyone with questions should contact Brittany Mellinger.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Learn about correcting housing segregation and inequalities. We’ll discuss historical housing practices and how we can take action towards a more equitable housing future in Pennsylvania.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Accessibility & Fair Housing

The Fair Housing Act and Americans with Disabilities Act create protections to ensure individuals with disabilities can use and enjoy their housing. Learn more in this online training.

Accessibility & Fair Housing

Fair Housing & Domestic Violence

Survivors of domestic violence should not lose their housing because of their abusers actions. In this online training, you will learn more about how fair housing protections apply to situations involving domestic violence.

Fair Housing & Domestic Violence

Fair Housing & Hoarding

Hoarding situations can be challenging for both housing providers and tenants to handle

Fair Housing & Hoarding

Fair Housing Fundamentals

In this session, you will learn the basics about fair housing protections: fair housing laws and protected classes, discriminatory practices, how to file a complaint, and how to access fair housing resources at PHRC.

Fair Housing Fundamentals

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Everyone deserves a safe place to live, free from sexual harassment.

Preventing Sexual Harassment

Housing Equality Conference

This free conference aims to bring together leaders, housing professionals, and housing advocates throughout Pennsylvania, breaking down housing barriers, connecting change-makers, and equipping participants with the knowledge they need for advance housing justice.

Conference Recap

Unlocking Housing Access

Unlocking Housing Access, Conference Recap

Digital Program

Unlocking Housing Access

Unlocking Housing Access, Digital Program

Opening Remarks

Unlocking Housing Access

Unlocking Housing Access, Opening Remarks

Ensuring Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Panel Discussion

Ensuring Housing Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Fair Housing Focus

Lightning Round Session

Fair Housing Focus

Transforming Housing Systems for Black and Brown Families

Panel Discussion

Transforming Housing Systems for Black and Brown Families

Investigating Atypical Housing

Investigating Atypical Housing

Richard & Leah Rothstein

Lunch Keynote

Richard & Leah Rothstein

Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Pathways to Homeownership

Panel Discussion

Overcoming Obstacles and Creating Pathways to Homeownership

A Community Education Toolkit for Housing Allocation AI

A Community Education Toolkit for Housing Allocation AI

Garry Gilliam

Closing Keynote Address

Garry Gilliam

PHRC on the Road: Building Pennsylvania's Beloved Community

PHRC created the Beloved Community framework to assist communities of the commonwealth to intentionally build a culture of peace, understanding and tolerance despite our differences within the context of an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Each listening session includes a presentation on the Beloved Community framework and an overview of the services and programs offered by the PHRC. The session then opens up for questions from the community. PHRC is still looking for locations to host upcoming sessions, anyone interested in partnering with the PHRC should contact Stacey Waters.

Luzerne County

Hazleton One Community Center, 225 E. 4th Street Hazleton, PA 18201

Luzerne County

Adams County

United Lutheran Seminary (Auditorium) 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg

Adams County

Montgomery County (Stop 2)

Hosted by the Abington Township Human Relations Commission The Crestmont Clubhouse, 2595 Rubicam Ave., Willow Grove

Montgomery County (Stop 2)

Montgomery County (Stop 1)

Montgomery County Community College, College Hall 140, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell

Montgomery County (Stop 1)

Bucks County (Stop 2)

Middletown Township Municipal Center, 3 Municipal Way, Langhorne

Bucks County (Stop 2)

Dauphin County

YWCA Greater Harrisburg, 1101 Market Street, Harrisburg

Dauphin County

Delaware County (Stop 2)

20th Century Club, 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne

Delaware County (Stop 2)

Delaware County (Stop 1)

One Center- Municipal Building, 100 Garrett Road, Upper Darby

Delaware County (Stop 1)

PHRC Speaks: Fair Housing in the 21st Century

Airing on PCNTV.com on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, PHRC Director of Enforcement Adrian Garcia and an expert guest explore topics relating to the diminishing access to housing for some Commonwealth residents. As the civil rights enforcement agency in Pennsylvania, we see systemic problems with the way discrimination and bias limit the fulfillment of the basic need of housing, and we work diligently towards affirmatively furthering fair housing for all.

Leadership in Housing Justice

Featuring PHRC Executive Director Chad Dion Lassiter, MSW

Leadership in Housing Justice

The Journey to a New Home

Featuring Valentina Ross, Director, Lancaster and South Central Pennsylvania Offices, Church World Service

The Journey to a New Home

Overcoming Barriers to Housing

Featuring Regis Charlton, Deputy Director, and Marlene O'Leary, Director, Center for Independent Living, Disability Options Network

Overcoming Barriers to Housing

The Importance of Place in Discussions about AI

Featuring Keith E. Sonderling, Commissioner with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

The Importance of Place in Discussions about AI

The Evolution of Housing Justice

Featuring Jim Stowe, Director of Montgomery County Maryland's Office of Human Rights

The Evolution of Housing Justice

Fair Housing & Utility Justice

Featuring Elizabeth R. Marx, Esq. Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project

Fair Housing & Utility Justice

Fresh Perspective on Housing Inequality

Featuring Caroline Griffin Eister, PHRC Director of Fair Housing & Commercial Property

Fresh Perspective on Housing Inequality

School-to-Prison Pipeline Conference

This one-day conference aims to bring together community leaders, people with lived experience, and inspiring speakers to create engaging discussions. This conference explores ways we can correct the pipeline and address the ongoing barriers.

Correcting the Pipeline: Conscious Approaches to the Vulnerable Population

Part 1

Correcting the Pipeline: Conscious Approaches to the Vulnerable Population, Part 1

Correcting the Pipeline: Conscious Approaches to the Vulnerable Population

Part 2

Correcting the Pipeline: Conscious Approaches to the Vulnerable Population, Part 2

Full interview with Dr. Raquel Yiengst

Full interview with Dr. Raquel Yiengst

Correcting the Pipeline: Conscious Approaches to the Vulnerable Population

Digital Program

Correcting the Pipeline: Conscious Approaches to the Vulnerable Population, Digital Program

Sexual Harassment Symposium

This free, one-day, in-person conference will bring together practitioners, investigators, attorneys, policy makers, activists, and advocates invested in ending sexual harassment in all spaces.

Finding Power in Your Voice

Digital Program

Finding Power in Your Voice, Digital Program

Social Justice Lecture Series

The Social Justice Lecture Series examines the promise of the United States as a country that values equity. While reality has included a long history of oppression, this series examines the work that remains to ensure we create a society that neither diminishes nor marginalizes any of its residents.

Rev. Dr. Bernice King

Rev. Dr. Bernice King

Women’s History Month

Each year, the PHRC celebrates Women’s History Month with several virtual events featuring women.

How to Harness your Power and Demand your Rights

Featuring Kia Ghee, Esq., Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations

How to Harness your Power and Demand your Rights

Historical Role of Women of Color in Movements and Community

Featuring Diane Clements-Boyd, Executive Director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission

Historical Role of Women of Color in Movements and Community

Becoming a Servant Leader without Losing Yourself

Featuring Tia Welch, Executive Director of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission

Becoming a Servant Leader without Losing Yourself

Human Rights Sheroes

Featuring Dr. Alisa Warren, President of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies

Human Rights Sheroes

Social Justice Lunch & Learn Series

The Social Justice Lunch and Learns is a brown bag series developed to offer convenient, engaging, and practical competency development sessions for the PHRC staff, civil rights and human rights stakeholders and people of the Commonwealth. It is essential that all of us who are committed to justice, work to ensure that we are addressing those harmful systems that impact people on a macro, mezzo and micro level.​

The Power of Questions in Advancing Equity

Featuring Dr. Renita Miller

The Power of Questions in Advancing Equity

I Have a Voice, Please Listen

Featuring Loretta Claiborne

I Have a Voice, Please Listen

Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking The Modern-Day Slavery: Know, See, Do

Featuring Jennifer Foxworthy

Bringing Awareness to Human Trafficking The Modern-Day Slavery: Know, See, Do

Linguistic Justice in a Monolingual World

Featuring Dr. Jamiella Brooks

Linguistic Justice in a Monolingual World

Other social justice initiatives

  • Advisory Councils Summit

The Advisory Councils Summit is held four times a year allowing the councils to share their work and to provide authentic input to the PHRC Executive Director and staff. The Advisory Councils play a critical role in helping the PHRC build deeper connections across communities throughout the state.

  • Civil Rights Mentoring

The Civil Rights Mentoring Program is a youth-centric Saturday program designed to nurture the curiosity and intelligence of our youth. It helps youth connect the lessons of the past to understand the events of today. Mentors encourage participants to formulate plans to take action which will improve tomorrow. This mentoring program is housed out of the Philadelphia Regional Office.

  • Human Relations Summit

The Human Relations Summit is held quarterly for a general audience to facilitate dialog on the need of human relations practices that align with social justice goals around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Law & Race Series

The Law & Race Series discusses the legal and legislative tools necessary to dismantle white supremacy and its concomitant violence.

Past events