Human Relations Commission

The Commission consists of eleven members with three year terms. Bowling Green State University and Bowling Green High School are also represented on the Board with student members serving one-year terms.

The Human Relations Commission meets on the first Friday of each month at 8 am in the Council Chamber, 304 North Church Street.  Commission does not typically meet in July & August.  Call the Mayor’s Office at 419-354-6204 to confirm meeting schedule.  You may email the HRC at

The human relations commission promotes equality for and understanding among all people of the community and provides mediation through conferences and conciliation.

Drum Major Award Nomination Form

Drum Major Award – Recipient List

Honor Roll Award Nomination Form

Honor Roll Award – Recipient List

Application for Sponsorship

UPCOMING EVENT! Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute – January 18

On Friday, January 18 at 1:00 pm, a tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held at the Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main St.

The tribute is sponsored by the City of Bowling Green Human Relations Commission and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Christina Lunceford, Bowling Green State University.  Musical selections will be performed by the Bowling Green High School Madrigals along with Dr. Ed Duling, organist of First Presbyterian Church, Drum Major for Peace recipient in Marcy St. John, and retired Bowling Green High School teacher.

Also at the event, the Human Relations Commission will present the annual Drum Major for Peace Award, named in honor of Dr. King.

The City of Bowling Green and the Bowling Green Human Relations Commission are committed to ensuring that Bowling Green remains a safe and inclusive community.  As part of these efforts, Bowling Green has taken a proactive stance on enacting laws that protect against discrimination (Chapter 39 of the Bowling Green Codified Ordinances) as well as passing resolutions condemning violence, hate speech and proclaiming our community as safe and welcoming for all.  On April 3, 2017 the City of Bowling Green City Council passed Resolution 3662, proclaiming the City as a “welcoming and safe community for immigrants”.  Later in the year, immigrant residents of Bowling Green translated the resolution to their native languages. These translations are posted on this page. HRC wants to make this an ongoing project! If you are an immigrant resident of the City and wish to translate this to another language, we will be glad to have you contribute to this project!  Please contact us

Below are links to Chapter 39 passed in 2009 and resolutions passed in 2017.


Chapter 39 – Bowling Green Codified Ordinances


Resolution 3655


Resolution 3662


Translated Versions of Resolution 3662

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