Human Relations Commission

                                                             West Orange New Jersey Human Relations Commission


The West Orange Human Relations Commission was established by municipal ordinance in 1992 in order to create and foster values of diversity, equity and inclusion among groups in the community. The Commission makes recommendations to the Mayor that informs policies, procedures and educational programs that will support an agenda that identifies, addresses and dismantles all types of discrimination, bias and injustice, whether perceived or actual, based on identities such as, but not limited to race, gender, religion, socio-economic background, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, marital status, ability or sexual orientation.

Human Relations Commission Ordinance


  • 7:00 pm
  • Fourth Monday of each month
    2023: 1/23, 2/27, 3/27, 4/24, 5/22, 6/26, 7/24, 8/28, 9/18 (3rd Monday), 10/23, 11/27 & 12/18 (3rd Monday) 
  • Town Hall Room 109
    66 Main Street
    West Orange, NJ 07052
  • Email the Human Relations Commission

West Orange Human Relations Commission Facebook Page


  • Elizabeth Milhim - Chair
  • Dawn Adams- Vice Chair 
  • Shakira Adams
  • Carlene Lawrence Alexander
  • Marguerite Foster
  • Justin Goldsman
  • Dr. Joyce Harley
  • Dagmar Hobson
  • Sunmarra Ortiz
  • Kandace Sparks
  • Maria Vera- Co Treasurer


  • Natacha Clesca - Co Treasurer
  • Temeshia Lemons - Secretary 

Education Programs

The commission enlists the cooperation of all township departments to achieve its stated goals and work in conjunction with the West Orange Board of Education to acclimate young people as part of the community fabric. The commission develops formal and informal educational programs to eradicate all types of discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, age, socioeconomic standing, or sexual orientation.