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Michigan Department of Civil Rights

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Formed  1965
Website  michigan.gov/mdcr
Headquarters  Lansing, Michigan
Department executives  J. Michael Zelley, Chair Lisa Peeples-Hurst, Vice Chair Stephanie A. Comai, Treasurer Jared Rodriguez, Secretary Arthur Horwitz, Commissioner Deloris Hunt, Commissioner Rasha Demashkieh, Commissioner Agustin V. Arbulu, PhD, Director
Child agencies  Michigan Women's Commission Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

Michigan Department of Civil Rights is a department of the Michigan State Government formed in 1965 to support the work of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission of Michigan's Constitution of 1963. The Commission is the head of the department and has eight members.


The Department of Civil Rights attempts to prevent discrimination through educational programs that promote voluntary compliance with civil rights laws and investigates and resolves discrimination complaints. It also provides information and services to businesses on diversity initiatives, and equal employment law.


In 1963, Michigan approved a new constitution which included the creation of the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. In 1965, a principal department was formed to support the work of the commission. In 1991, the Michigan Women's Commission was transferred to the Department from the Michigan Department of Management and Budget by the Governor's Executive Order.

By 1998, the Department besides the Commission included the Women's Commission, Indian Affairs Commission, and Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs.

In April 2011, Governor Rick Snyder transferred from the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth to the Department the Disability Concerns Commission, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Pacific American Affairs Commission and Hispanic/Latino Commission.

In January 2013, the Department issued a report on the economic effects of LGBT discrimination for the Commission to review.

Michigan Women's Commission

The Michigan Women’s Commission (MWC) was statutorily created in 1968 [PA 1 of 1968] with the mission of improving the lives of Michigan women. The MWC consists of 15 members broadly representative of numerous fields of interest to women. The Governor, with the advice and consent of the Senate, appoints members to the Commission for three-year terms. The Governor also designates a chair and a vice chair from members of the Commission. Commission meetings are held quarterly, and the location rotates throughout the state.


Michigan Department of Civil Rights Wikipedia

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