Education and Outreach

The Vermont Human Rights Commission is charged with increasing public awareness of Vermont's civil rights laws. It fulfills this mandate by conducting workshops about civil rights laws and the Commission's role in enforcing those laws, by speaking with groups about their rights and responsibilities under those laws, and by responding to inquiries from members of the public.  Many workshops are conducted in conjunction with other public agencies and private organizations. In addition, VHRC staff participate regularly in a number of networks, coalitions, and committees with other public and private entities. 


**Staff are regularly asked to do trainings throughout the state on fair housing law, accessibility issues, sexual harassment and bias and implicit bias. The charge for training covers only the costs of time and materials. For more information or to set up a training, please call (802) 828-1625.**


Karen Richards, Executive Diractor, and Ellen Maxon, Fair Housing Investigator, stand with Robert Schwemm last October, at a comprehensive training on updates in Fair Housing Law.  Click here for more details on the Fall 2014 Fair Housing training.


Upcoming 2015 trainings:

Lamoille Valley Housing and Homeless Coalition's Second Homes for All Housing Summit: Getting the Most from Your Rentals

Designed with landlords in mind, this training is comprised of representatives from local state human service organizations, and will take place at the Green Mountain Technology and Career Center's CEC room from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The Commission's own Ellen Maxon will be the first speaker presenting "What's Fair about Fair Housing," followed by Nadine Scibek, attorney specializing in housing issues, and Roni Coleman, mediator. 

To Register, Call Christine Johnson at the Vermont Department of Health: 802-888-1330 or email


Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: FREE Fair Housing Accessibility Training

This FREE training will take place at the Vermont Technical College, Red Schoolhouse, on June 2, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m.

To Register:

For more Information:

Check out this video Presented by the Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.

"A Matter of Place" by Fred Freiberg


Staff attend the following regular network/coalition/committee meetings:

  • ADA Coalition
  • Vermont Fair Housing Committee
  • Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
  • Islamic Society of Vermont
  • Hazing, Harassment and Bullying Advisory Council

In addition, staff have conducted education and outreach activities with the following groups:

  • Vermont Refugee Resettlment Program
  • Vermont Realtors Association
  • Winooski Housing Authority
  • Home Share
  • Burlington Cooperative Housing

 If you are interested in having a member of the Vermont Human Rights Commission conduct a training in your workplace/venue, please contact us at 800-416-2010.   The topics we can cover in workshops include:

  • fair housing issues (service animals, reasonable modifications, reasonable accommodations, harassment, etc.)
  • sexual harassment in the workplace
  • how to use interpreters effectively
  • the Vermont Human Rights Commission process