Programs and Workshops
PHRC works decisively to increase its educational outreach program. The goal is to provide free, quarterly workshops and seminars to the general public about issues related to inter-group relations, civil rights and human relations as well as the discrimination areas the PHRC investigates.
Fair Housing Training For Landlords
This program was designed to inform new landlords about state and federal fair housing laws. The topics covered during this workshop were: defining fair housing, who is protected by the law, the proper way to select tenants, lead inspections and other safety issues that are important for landlords to keep in mind.
Improving Race Relations in Providence
Subsequent to the election of President Obama, there has been much discussion about what the election of the first African American president means to race relations and racial equality in the United States. In this context, community leaders and Providence residents gathered to discuss how race relations can be improved in the City of Providence. The purpose of this workshop was to take advantage of that renewed sense of hope with regards to racial justice in the hopes of seizing the opportunity to establish a dialogue and bring more attention to this important and challenging topic.
Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation
This workshop explored the question if sexual orientation issues fit in the civil rights agenda. The following issues were addressed: full equality for gay, bisexual and lesbians, equal marriage rights for same sex couples, the role of religious groups who advocate for civil rights, and how can we help set an agenda that protects everyone’s civil and human rights.