Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Commission

The Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Commission (DEIC) advises, recommends, and assists Council in matters relating to diversity, equity, inclusion, and human rights. The mission of the Golden Valley DEIC is to promote and nurture a safe and welcoming community dedicated to the values of social equity, inclusion, and justice.


  • 6:30 pm
  • fourth Tuesday of each month (unless other notice given)
  • 7800 Golden Valley Road
    City Hall
    Golden Valley, MN 55427

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission (DEIC) meetings will be cancelled due to lack of an agenda if there is no business to be discussed or if there is no quorum.

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

2022 Meetings


  • May 24 
  • June 28 
  • July 26 
  • Aug 23


  • Sept 27 
  • Oct 25
  •  Nov 22 
  • Dec 27


  • Joelle Allen, Chair (term expires April 2024)
  • Jonathan Kim, Vice Chair
  • Sheri Hixon (term expires April 2022)
  • Thomas Huling (term expires April 2022)
  • Melissa Johnson (term expires April 2022)
  • Chris Mitchell (term expires April 2023)
  • Ruth Paradise (term expires April 2023)
  • Teresa Sit (term expires April 2024)
  • Ajani Woodson (term expires April 2024)
  • Vacancy (Youth Position)

Community Outreach

  1. Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award
  2. Dr Martin Luther King Human Rights Contest

Commission's History

In 2018, the Golden Valley City Council voted to create the Rising TIDES Task Force to provide recommendations on how to fulfill the City's newly adopted Equity Plan. Over the next 2 1/2 years, the task force spent its time researching and engaging with the Golden Valley community on various equity-based topics. Stemming from the Task Force's work was a proposal to create a more permanent body of appointed community members committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This new commission would also replace the Golden Valley Human Rights Commission (HRC).

The HRC served the Golden Valley community for more than 50 years, providing guidance to the City Council on human rights issues, helping build community by creating opportunities for dialogue on human rights issues, sponsoring events like the HRC's Annual Day of Service, and directing persons to resources on human rights.

More past HRC community outreach events include:

HRC & Rising TIDES Archived Documents