Michigan Civil Rights Commission Votes to Reprimand MDCR Director Arbulu

Contact: Vicki Levengood (517) 241-7978

Lansing, MI--The Michigan Civil Rights Commission has voted to reprimand Agustin Arbulu, Director of the Department of Civil Rights, for comments that they deemed inappropriate. At the end of a lengthy closed session, the Commission voted to take the following action, announced by Chair Alma Wheeler Smith.

“We have determined that while the conduct of which the director was accused did not violate the law, his behavior fell short of the conduct the Commission expects of its Director. The Commission has determined that a formal reprimand will be placed in the Director’s file, that he shall submit to a training and mentorship program to be approved by the chair and completed before the end of the year, and during that training period the Director shall not conduct internal or external training sessions for other public or private entities.”

Director Arbulu issued the following statement in response to the Commission’s determination.

“Recently I made comments objectifying women – comments that were unacceptable and regrettable. The Commission has determined that my conduct fell short of what is expected of the Director of the Department of Civil Rights. I agree with their assessment, and I take full responsibility. I am deeply sorry and will not allow it to happen again. While I cannot change the past, I intend to use this experience as a learning opportunity, to help me become a better person and a better leader.”

The Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the operational arm of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, is charged with investigating and resolving discrimination complaints and working to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws. The Department also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives and equal employment law. For more information on the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, go to www.michigan.gov/mdcr


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