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Michigan Department of Civil Rights

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Michigan Department of Civil Rights

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About MDCR

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has one of the most important roles in state government – so important that it is enshrined in the Michigan Constitution: to investigate alleged discrimination and to secure the equal protection of civil rights. In 1964, Michigan became the first state in the nation to include civil rights protections in its constitution. Article 5, Section 29 calls on the Michigan Civil Rights Commission to “...investigate alleged discrimination against any person because of race, religion, color or national origin in the enjoyment of the civil rights guaranteed by law…” MDCR was created in 1965 to carry out the work of the Commission. Passage of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act and the Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act in 1976 further clarified the specific protections guaranteed under Michigan law.

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Notice of a Meeting of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Michigan Civil Rights Commission

Notice of Public Meeting

Monday, May 23, 2022, 10:00 A.M.

This meeting will be held in person and virtually.

Pursuant to the Michigan Open Meetings Act, as amended, the Michigan Civil Rights Commission will meet in person and virtually on Monday, May 23, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. 

The meeting will be held in Rooms M-120 and M-121 of the Lansing Community College West Campus, located at 5708 Cornerstone Dr. in Lansing, MI, 48917.

The meeting will include a public comment period. Individuals wishing to participate in public comment must attend in person, virtually via the ZOOM platform, or by phone.

To participate via ZOOM, click the link below: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85440760544?pwd=bjg2aDlRWTVzaURUbW9wUWVZR0dPZz09

Passcode: 609072

To participate by telephone: dial 866-434-5269; conference code: 434995

Livestreaming:  The meeting will be livestreamed on MDCR’s Facebook page.

Note on public comment: People viewing the meeting on Facebook will not have the ability to take part in the public comment period. If you wish to make a public comment, please join the meeting via Zoom at the link above or by telephone.

The meeting location is accessible and free parking is available on site. If you plan to attend and need accommodations to do so, please contact Shawn Sanford at MDCR-INFO@michigan.gov. ASL Interpreters have been secured for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and the meeting will be captioned.

During the meeting, members of the news media should direct questions to Vicki Levengood by email at levengoodv@michigan.gov or by phone/text at 517-775-0558.

Find the May 23, 2022 Commission meeting agenda here. The Commission may, at its discretion, revise this agenda or take up other issues as needed and time allows.

Civil Rights Summit - June 15, 2022 at the Lansing Center

Save the Date

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights will host the Civil Rights Summit 2022, in person and virtually, on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. Preview the Summit agenda here.

Registration to attend in person is now closed, but you can still register to attend virtually.

COVID Notice

During the COVID-19 outbreak, MDCR offices are open by appointment only. 

You may file a complaint of discrimination using the online complaint form, call 1-800-482-3604, or email MDCRServiceCenter@michigan.gov.

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K-12 Reading and Literacy Programs and Resources

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights has compiled a list of reading and literacy programs and resources available for K-12 students, parents and educators throughout Michigan. We will update the list as information on additional resources becomes available.

Click here for list of resources

Protect Your Rights - MDCR Is Here To Help

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights is committed to combatting anti-Asian discrimination. The brochure, Protecting Your Rights - MDCR Is Here To Help, is available in the following Asian languages:

We collectively acknowledge that Michigan’s state government, specifically the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabek – the Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the Lansing office sits on land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of the twelve federally-recognized Tribal nations who share geography with Michigan, for those Indigenous peoples who were forcibly removed from their homelands, for Indigenous individuals and Tribal communities who live here now, and for the next seven generations.

By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and affirm our agency’s commitment to upholding government to government relationships and collaborating with Native nations.