Human Relations Commission

Members of the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission:
Melissa Kennedy, Chair (e-mail:
Jasmeet Ahuja 
Shaun Eyring 
Kourtney Knop 
Jennifer TerMatt  

HRC Mission Statement:

  • We support the mission of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PA HRC) established by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PA HRA): to conduct investigations of discrimination, and upon findings of discrimination, to issue cease and desist orders and impose such other remedies available pursuant to the PA HRA.

  • We have the authority to educate the public in order to prevent discrimination in all forms and foster equal opportunity; we have the authority to address incidents of bias that may lead to tension between racial, ethnic and other groups.


HRC Anti-discrimination and inclusivity statement:
  • Through education and community engagement we seek to raise awareness, foster respect and inclusivity, learn from each other, and recognize the visible and invisible attributes of all people. Our collective goal is to foster a community where everyone feels empowered to tell their own story, stand up to hate and discrimination, and where members are held accountable for the effects of their words and actions.  We strive to ensure that everyone who lives in, works in, visits, or passes through Swarthmore feels recognized, safe, and treated with mutual respect, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, language ability, disability, or other identity.

New from the HRC!

Making a Homeplace:  Stories from the Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore.  Click here to view this project from Swarthmore resident Jeannine Osayande, sponsored by People's Light.

LGBTQ Resources 


Virtual programs:

Swarthmore Public Library

Free Library of Philadelphia


Selected reading from the Rainbow Roundtable-American Library Association: (kids and teens)  (adults)


LGBTQ America: A Theme Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer History from the National Park Service.

Lambda Legal: national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.


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Virtual Pride Events


Philly-area LGBTQ advocacy and support organizations: