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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.

Fair Housing Trainings

VHRC staff members conduct free Fair Housing trainings on the second Monday of every month. These workshops are open to the public, though we request that interested parties contact our office in advance to ensure we have enough room for all attendees. Please check our Fair Housing Training page to review our training dates and contact information.

Other Trainings

Staff are regularly asked to conduct trainings throughout the state on fair housing law, accessibility issues, sexual harassment, and implicit bias. The HRC may request payment for each training to covers the costs of time, mileage and materials.

The topics we can cover in workshops include:

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