Human Rights Commission

Accepting Nominations for the Chaska Human Rights Award

Do you know an individual or organization that made special effort to ensure all Chaska residents are treated fairly and have access to equal opportunities? You can nominate members of the Chaska community who have shown extraordinary dedication to enriching the social well-being of Chaska residents.  

Download the Chaska Human Rights Award Nomination Form (PDF).

Nominations will be accepted through November 15, 2019. Completed applications can be emailed or mailed to Nate Kabat.

Regular Meetings

Meeting Information

About the Commission

The purpose of the commission is to secure for all citizens, through education and prevention, equal opportunities for employment, housing, public information, public services, education, fair treatment, and full participation in affairs of the community.

The commission's mission is to proactively partner with government, business, educators, religious, service, and other organizations to promote a community of harmony and respect for the rights and dignity of all.


  • Jennifer Welvaert - Chairperson
  • Sarah Carlson - Vice Chairperson
  • Judy Dunbar
  • Celi Haga
  • Donzel Leggett
  • Lisa White 
  • Ellen K. Bean 
  • Darryl Scarborough (1st Alternate)
  • Seth Spreadbury (2nd Alternate)

Member Term Regulations

Members of the Human Rights Commission are appointed for 3-year terms, eligible for up to 3 terms for a maximum of 9 years. Terms are staggered. By ordinance, appointments are to be made at the first Council meeting in January of each year. Each member is expected to attend at least 1 meeting per month in the evenings, and devote approximately 5 hours per month to commission business outside of the meetings.

Members will work in small groups on specific projects and are expected to have an interest in human rights issues as they relate to such topics as housing, employment, public accommodations, education, and public services.