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





The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights   

The mission of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is to enforce Minneapolis Code of Ordinances Title 7 (non-discrimination); Title 9, Chapter 172 (police conduct oversight); Title 16, Chapter 423 (small and underutilized business programs); Title 2, Chapter 24 (prevailing wage); and to promote understanding of civil rights among residents, businesses and government. The Department will carry out this mission by:

Department Announcements  


The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights Continues to Build Authentic Community Relationships

2015 Community Partnership Highlights  





 We worked to ensure our boards and commissions reflect the diversity of Minneapolis. We were supported in our efforts by the Minneapolis Urban League, the Hmong American Mutual Assistance Association, the Northside Neighborhood Council, and allies in the transgender and disability communities.


We placed 58 students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in the Urbans Scholar leadership development program. The scholars participated in a distinctive professional experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating career pathways to positions of influence. Currently, nine Urban Scholar graduates are either currently temporary or full-time employees in the City of Minneapolis.  

The Police Conduct Oversight Commission conducted best practices research on body camera policy and incorporated community input through a series of community listening sessions. At these sessions community members were able to view body camera footage, consider issues of body camera policy, and provide direct feedback to the Commission.


The Best Practices Roundtable was convened by our Contract Compliance Division. The Best Practice Roundtable demonstrates the power of multiple agencies coming together for problem solving discussions focused on increasing women, minority, and small businesses and women and minority workers in government funded projects and contracts. The group is making great strides and quickly emerges as a leading forum for procurement process improvement discussions and planning.




13 Minority Owned Firms Have Received State Tax Credits through the Minnesota's Angel Tax Credit Program

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently announced that 13 minority owned firms have received state tax credits through the angel investment program. Minnesota's Angel Tax Credit provides a 25-percent credit to investors or investment funds that put money into startup companies focused on high technology, new proprietary technology, or a new proprietary product, process or service in specified fields.


For 2016, $15 million in credits is available, $7.5 million of which is reserved until Sept. 30, 2016, for minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as businesses located in Greater Minnesota. Applications for 2016 funding are being accepted now.


Follow the link below to learn more about the businesses who received funding in 2015.…/soc…/blogs/deed-developments/blog-entry.jsp…

Visit the DEED website at:…/financing…/tax-credits/angel-tax-credit/ to learn more about the tax credit program.



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 Action Reseach Team on Sex Offender Concentration Report 


In August of 2013 the Action Research Team on Sex Offender Concentration (ARTSOC) came together to gather data and analyze policies and procedures that may contribute to a concentration of sex offenders in Minneapolis. On July 15, 2015 Dr. Lauren Martin, an ARTSOC facilitator, gave a presentation outlining the key findings of the research to the Minneapolis Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Emergency Management Committee. The full report is now available. 


2015 Urban Scholars Cohort Recognition Ceremony 


Farewell, but not Goodbye!

The 2015 cohort of Urban Scholars graduated 58 students, with 5 of these students continuing their work post-graduation. Currently, 9 Urban Scholar graduates are either temporary of full-time employees in the City of Minneapolis! 




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Learn About the Minneapolis Urban Scholars Program








Last updated Jan 25, 2016