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





Minneapolis Departmentof Civil Rights

The mission of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) 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   

Step Up and Urban Scholars Create Career Pathways


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Both Step Up and Urban Scholars are among the premiere career readiness programs in the country. It is the City of Minneapolis’ hope that with pipeline programs like Step Up and Urban Scholars, as well as being more intentional about advertising all internship opportunities available, the City can build a workforce that is reflective of the people they serve.

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MDCR Outreach

MDCR outreach and engagement is narrowly tailored to educate, inform, and empower the community. MDCR educates so that the community gains the awareness of relevant issues and becomes knowledgeable about the work of MDCR in order to develop the ability to self-advocate; it informs the community by being transparent in the work it is doing; it involves the community by requesting meaningful participation in the work of the Deparment.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. First observed in the early 1900’s, the day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights is proud to celebrate International Women’s Day, and recognize some of our partner organizations who share our ideals of advancing women’s rights and removing barriers to equity.




Women Venture

Women Venture helps women attain economic self-sufficiency through the creation and growth of profitable and sustainable businesses.

Minnesota Women’s Consortium

Minnesota Women’s Consortium is a statewide collaboration of 125 organizations and 3,600 individuals, the Women’s Consortium works to achieve equity and justice for women and their families.

YWCA of Minneapolis and YWCA of St. Paul

The YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

The mission of the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota is to invest in social change to achieve equality for all women and girls in Minnesota.

Association of Women Contractors

The Association of Women Contractors (AWC) provides unique support to women business owners in the construction industry. The organization was founded in 1995 by a group of pioneering women who were determined to help other women succeed in a male-dominated industry.

Breaking Free

Breaking Free is a Minnesota-based non-profit and social justice/social change organization founded in 1996 by Vednita Carter. Every year, Breaking Free helps over 500 women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. 


Minneapolis Urban Scholars  







Last updated Mar 11, 2016