Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Apply to become a Social Justice Ambassador to the PHRC

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, download the application, and email it to the PHRC.

What is a PHRC Social Justice Ambassador?

Social Justice Ambassadors are key contacts that help the PHRC meet the needs of their community. 

As an 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.

If you are interested in becoming a Social Justice Ambassador:

  • Email us your application.
  • If selected, you will be interviewed by a panel of at least two PHRC employees.
  • If you are chosen, the PHRC will provide training prior to your service as an ambassador.

Want to make a difference in your community?

Consider joining an Advisory Council to the PHRC near you and help inform Pennsylvanians about how the PHRC enforces discrimination protections.  

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.

A PHRC liaison will meet virtually with the ambassadors to provide 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.
  • Ambassadors 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.   

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