Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Social Justice Ambassador to the PHRC program

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) envisions having a Social Justice Ambassador for each county in Pennsylvania to serve that area’s unique community needs. If you would like to get involved in your community and become a Social Justice Ambassador, apply today! 

As a PHRC Social Justice Ambassador, you will:

  • Promote awareness of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the Commission.
  • Refer education, employment, housing, commercial property, or public accommodation discrimination complaints from community members to the PHRC.
  • Keep the PHRC updated on incidents of hate and bias in your community.
  • Notify the PHRC of community activities and events.
  • Help the PHRC find spaces for outreach events, meetings, and/or hearings.

Counties with a Social Justice Ambassador

  • Bucks 
  • Chester
  • Cumberland
  • Dauphin
  • Delaware
  • Erie
  • Franklin
  • Indiana
  • Lackawanna 
  • Lancaster
  • Lebanon
  • Northumberland
  • Philadelphia
  • Schuylkill
  • Tioga
  • Washington
  • Westmoreland
  • York

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Within 60 days of being appointed, you will receive training on the PHRC, its mission, goals, and the role of a Social Justice Ambassador.
  • At the end of your training, you will receive the PHRC Social Justice Toolkit, a collection of useful information and instructions on how to reach the PHRC to file a complaint.
  • You may also be provided with pamphlets, fact sheets, or materials that are approved by the PHRC.

Ambassadors meet virtually with a PHRC liaison to receive news, updates, and discussions of the latest issues. Initially, meetings will take place monthly.

A PHRC Social Justice Ambassador will be appointed to serve three years or until their successor is duly appointed and qualified.

  • All discrimination complaints should be immediately referred to the PHRC.
  • as an ambassador, you may not offer legal advice, nor act in place of PHRC staff in investigating or screening of any complaints.

  • PHRC Social Justice Ambassadors help the PHRC extend the reach of the Advisory Councils.
  • Ambassadors can fill in the gaps where Advisory Councils do not exist and/or areas that the PHRC does not have a strong presence.