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, bullying and harrassment in schools, illegal overview,  sexual harassment and bias and implicit bias. The charge for training covers the costs of time, mileage and materials. For more information or to set up a training, please call (802) 828-1625 or email

From Left: Karen Richards, Executive Director, and Ellen Maxon, Administrative Law Examiner, stand with Robert Schwemm, at a comprehensive training on updates in Fair Housing Law.


Karen Richards, Executive Director, stands with Kathy Gips at a comprehensive training on Titles I, II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Upcoming Trainings

Public Forums

Public Forums on Law Enforecement Community Action

Wednesday, October 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Burlington City Hall – Contois Auditorium
Tuesday, October 25 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Bennington Firehouse Meeting Room

“How have Vermonters been affected by implicit bias in interacting with law enforcement?” Attorney General Bill Sorrell has convened a working group including representatives from other governmental and non-governmental organizations to hear Vermonters’ perspectives on this issue and make recommendations regarding training for law enforcement to the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council.  The working group includes Sen. Tim Ashe and Rep. Kiah Morris from the Legislature, Karen Richards from the Vermont Human Rights Commission, Jay Diaz from the Vermont chapter of the ACLU, Curtiss Reed from the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity, and United States Attorney Eric Miller.

Housing Discrimination video Presented by the Fair Housing Justice Center, Inc.

"A Matter of Place" by Fred Freiberg

Staff Attendance

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

  • ADA Coalition
  • Vermont Fair Housing Committee
  • Vermont Dignity in Schools Coalition
  • Hazing, Harassment and Bullying Advisory Council

 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 (802) 828-1625 or   The topics we can cover in workshops include:

  • Fair Housing Issues (service animals, reasonable modifications, reasonable accommodations, harassment, etc.)
  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • The Vermont Human Rights Commission process
  • Implicit Bias
  • ADA Requirements for Private Businesses
  • Service and Assistance Animals