Lexington's Guidelines for Civil Discourse
Human Rights Committee email
Chair: Sean Osborne
Vice-Chair: Bhumip Khasnabish
Secretary: Fuang Ying Huang
The Committee would like to hear from people who have experienced or observed discriminatory or hostile behavior based on race/color, religion, ethnicity/national origin, language, sex/sexual orientation/gender identity, disability, or age in Lexington.
Members: a minimum of seven and a maximum of eleven
Appointed by: Board of Selectmen and Town Manager
Term: 3 years
Current Committee members
The Committee is required to meet at least 6 times a year.
See the Public Meetings Calendar for meeting postings and agendas
Lexington Human Rights Committee
From the Committee charge:
The Human Rights Committee envisions a community that:
- has as core values freedom from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, disrespect, and destructive conflict among its citizens.
- respects and recognizes both our diversity and our commonalities.
- engages in respectful, civil, public discourse and debate.
The Human Rights committee's mission is to promote Lexington’s vision of a community that has freedom from bigotry, hatred, intolerance, disrespect, and destructive conflict among its citizens as core values. The Committee seeks to build a stronger, more unified Town that respects and recognizes both our diversity and our commonalities, and confront statements and actions that conflict with these core values. The Committee works to foster respectful, civil, public discourse and debate.
The LHRC carries out its mission through:
- Public advocacy,
- Sponsoring educational programs,
- Helping other organizations and Town departments address conflict through consultation and mediation with the parties involved,
- Reporting civil rights violations to appropriate government agencies,
- Assisting in planning responses to groups, internal or external to the Town, which advocate actions antithetical to the core values.
Membership should include a member of the School Committee or an executive level member of the School administration, a member of the Lexington Police Department, and a member of the Town Senior Staff. There will be a liaison from the Board of Selectmen and the Committee reports to the Board.
Full Committee charge
If you have a question, comment or complaint regarding any of these issues, please contact:
Linda Crew Vine, Deputy Town Manager
Town Office Building
1625 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420