About Us

Our Mission. What We Stand For

Our vision is a Greater Cincinnati that is a safe, energetic, livable community of citizens who work together to overcome prejudice and build mutual respect.


  • ACTS as a catalyst to promote the building of positive relationships between and among various groups and cultures. We are the cornerstone of improved human relations and collaboration in the Cincinnati area.
  • MOBILIZES institutions and individuals to resolve diversity issues while developing mechanisms to ensure equitable treatment of all persons.
  • SERVES as a conduit for information from and to various groups including the Mayor, City Council, and the City Manager.

Our History

The Office of Human Relations Commission was established in November of 1943 as The Mayor's Friendly Relations Committee. The goal was to appoint a committee that represented various racial, industrial and religious groups to make sure all groups felt a part of their communities and supported one another in the city of Cincinnati. As time passed the name was changed to CHRC and the mission grew to target a much larger issue, discrimination. Thus, the agency's mission is "to help our community to overcome prejudice and discrimination, build mutual respect and understanding, and to become more harmonious and cohesive."