Human Relations Commission

HRC Announces Internship Opportunity (posted 3-17-21)

The Swarthmore Human Relations Commission has a newly formed internship opportunity to work along-side us as we look to impact change within our community. Our mission, based through education and community engagement, is to raise awareness and inclusivity within our community. Through our work, we seek to foster a community where all are empowered to stand up to hate and discrimination.

This unpaid internship opportunity will allow the ideal high school or college student a chance to bring their passion for community service to our commission. In this role, you will have the opportunity to learn from the commission members about community engagement through project based work.

The ideal individual will have an interest and understanding of basic graphic design tools to assist in the creation of community facing flyers and communications. In addition, we seek someone who is interested in creating updates for our website, maintaining our social media presence, and working with us to research various community-based initiatives we wish to pursue. This will be a role which will require effective communication and time management skills, as well as the ability to do independent research and to provide progress updates to the commission.

This is an outstanding opportunity for a high school or college student looking to share their own ideas and help our commission as we grow our program within our community. Interested individuals should email our commission at A resume is not required however is encouraged. Please include your contact information in your email as well as why you are interested in this opportunity. This opportunity will remain open until an individual is identified.    

Members of the Swarthmore Human Relations Commission:

Melissa Kennedy, Chair (e-mail:
Jasmeet Ahuja ('22)
Shaun Eyring ('23)
Melissa Kennedy ('22)
Kourtney Knop ('21) 
Jennifer TerMatt ('21)  

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: