Commissions & Committees

Durham City-County Racial Equity Commission 

The purpose of the Durham City-County Racial Equity Commission is to examine, recommend, and advocate for policies and legislation to eliminate the burden of systemic and institutional inequities and racism in Durham County.

The primary functions of the Commission are: 

  • To advise the City and County regarding the implementation of the City-County specific recommendations from the City of Durham Racial Equity Taskforce Report. 
  • To establish communication with community residents, relay progress on report implementation, and prioritize community interests in racial equity initiatives. 
  • To pursue data, research, and policy recommendations to advance racial equity. 
  • To uphold government accountability for achieving racial equity and promoting anti-racism practices. 

Engaging the broader community in the Commission’s activities, initiatives, and processes will be central to the overall function of the Commission. The Commission shall not support any political party or candidate for public office, nor directly or indirectly participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

Link to more information on the City-County Racial Equity Commission

Racial Equity task force report

Released on July 22, 2020, this report seeks to address, develop, and implement policies and actions to ensure a more equitable Durham community.

mayor's committee for persons with disabilities

The purpose of the committee is to encourage, assist, and enable persons with disabilities to participate in the social and economic life of the City, achieve maximum personal independence, become gainfully employed, and use and enjoy fully all public and private facilities available within the community. 

The primary functions of the Committee are to:

  • Serve as an advocacy group for individuals with disabilities and their families to break down existing barriers in education, employment, housing, transportation and recreation. 
  • Serve as an advisory body to the City Council and City administration regarding problems affecting the persons with disabilities in the City of Durham. 
  • Serve in an advisory and consultative capacity to the City administration and the City Council to ensure effective compliance with the Americans with Disability Act.
  • Recommend to the Mayor, City Council members, and the City administration measures that will improve the ability of various City departments and contractors to provide service and employment opportunities for disabled persons. 
  • Annually evaluate the City’s efforts to comply with Americans with Disability Act by the City of Durham’s ADA Coordinator. 
  • Sponsor educational programs, institutes, forums and courses to promote equal treatment, opportunity, understanding and solution of the issues and concerns of disabled persons. 

Link to more information on the Mayor's Committee for Persons with Disabilities