Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


 Civil Rights Equity Division



The Employment Equity Division (formerly known as One Minneapolis) was created out of an unsettling fact that stemmed from a report issued by the Economic Policy Institute in 2010. The report showed Minneapolis leading in the nation for having the worst unemployment disparity between whites and blacks. In response, the City of Minneapolis, along with The Advocates for Human Rights and the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center, held a conference on December 2, 2011 called One Minneapolis: A Call to Action! to discuss racial disparities in employment, housing, education, crime and justice, and small business entrepreneurship.  

A template was created to outline solutions to increase racial equity in Minneapolis. To continue the momentum from the conference, the Department of Civil Rights appointed Karen Francois, the Director of Employment Equity in January 2012.

In August 2012, the Minneapolis City Council approved a resolution called 2012R-456: Supporting Equity in Employment in Minneapolis and the Region. The resolution directed the City to: 


The Employment Equity Division functions around the following goals: 




Last updated Aug 30, 2016