The Lincoln Commission on Human Rights (LCHR) invites the public to the annual Civil Rights Conference Tuesday, April 25 at Innovation Campus, 2021 Transformation Dr.   The keynote luncheon speaker will be Dan Barry, New York Times columnist and author of The Boys in the Bunkhouse, Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland.


The conference will open with remarks from Betty Bottiger, Director of the Region VII Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and L. Jack Vasquez, Jr., Deputy Director of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the St. Louis District Office.


The conference includes sessions on the following topics:

  • housing and economic development challenges
  • legal updates on housing and employment
  • contemporary disability discrimination cases
  • best practices in housing


The Gerald Henderson Human Rights Award will be presented during the conference lunch.  The award honors a person, organization or group who has made significant accomplishments in promoting human rights.  It is named after LCHR’s first Executive Director.   The nomination form is available at humanrights.lincoln.ne.gov (click on “Civil Rights Conference – Awards”).  The nomination deadline is March 17.


The conference fee of $50 includes registration, materials, lunch and breaks.  More information and registration details are available at humanrights.lincoln.ne.gov, and brochures are available by calling 402-441-7624 or e-mailing [email protected].  The registration deadline is April 12.


LCHR’s conference partners include the Nebraska Department of Economic Development; Realtors® Association of Lincoln, Nebraska Housing Developer’s Association, Omaha Human Rights and Relations Department, Southeast Community College, HUD and EEOC.



The City of Lincoln complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 guidelines. Ensuring the public’s access to and participating in public meetings is a priority for the City of Lincoln.  In the event you are in need of a reasonable accommodation in order to attend or participate in a public meeting conducted by the City of Lincoln, please contact the Director of Equity and Diversity, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights, at 402 441-7624 as soon as possible before the scheduled meeting date in order to make your request.

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