Human Relations Commission

The Human Relations Commission receives, investigates and passes on complaints related to discrimination in housing, employment or use of public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identification, and educates the public in order to prevent discrimination and foster equal opportunity.  The Commission also addresses incidents of bias that may lead to tension between racial, ethnic, and other groups.

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.

Preparing to have Difficult Conversations About LGBTQIA+ issues”

As part of our mission to educate the public in order to prevent discrimination, the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission (HRC) has organized a 4-part Community Conversation series facilitated by Danielle N. Gadson, Ph.D., Stephen A. Sheridan, MPA and Teresa M. Boyer, Ed.D. “Preparing to have Difficult Conversations About LGBTQIA+ issues” is the third in a series of four community conversations that explores discrimination and unconscious bias in our town. All community members are encouraged to participate.

         Members of the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission:
    Japbir Gill ('24), Chair (
    Melissa Kennedy ('22)

    Jasmeet Ahuja ('22)
    Shaun Eyring ('23)
    Clair Oakes (25')

Links from the HRC


Delaware County: Recognizing Juneteenth in Delaware County

Delaware County Daily Times: Juneteenth in Delaware County    

Swarthmorean: Juneteenth Then and Now 

Juneteenth/Beyond Reading List: BLM Reading List

Black Owned Businesses in Delaware County (From Swarthmore Senior Citizen Association’s Website):



Pride Month
Swarthmore College LGBTQ+ Page:

Library of Congress:


The Advocate:


Mental Health Resources

For both the communities we are recognizing through Pride Month and Juneteenth Celebrations and those who feel the pain of the last year during these times.

The Attic Youth Center: Philadelphia organization exclusively serving lesbian, gay, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. The Attic’s Resources Page is comprehensive.

Delaware County Mobile Crisis (24/7): 855-889-7827

Delaware County Warmline/Telehealth Helpline (mental health non-crisis/emergency): 855-464-9342

Delaware County Warm Handoff Certified Recovery Specialist (local drug and alcohol treatment resources and support, 24/7): 610-619-8616

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-464-9342 and Crisis Text line: 741741

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention:


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.

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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Philly-area LGBTQ advocacy and support organizations: