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​​​Training and Events

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The PHRC offers in-depth training, brief presentations, and events on many topics, which among others include the following:

  • Civil Rights Law and PHRC Jurisdiction
  • PHRC Overview & How to File a Complaint
  • Disability & Reasonable Accommodation
  • Sexual Discrimination in the Workplace
  • Implicit Bias for Law Enforcement
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (DEIB)
  • Bias and Hate Crimes 
  • Fair Housing Fundamentals
  • Service & Support Animals

Training and events are tailored to the specific needs of your organization or community. The variety of topics can be as broad as a civil rights overview and as specific as cyberbullying, sexual harassment, predatory lending, or making historic buildings accessible for people with disabilities. The goal of every training and event is to always:

  • Promote equal opportunity
  • Help communities, public agencies, businesses, and schools prevent or eliminate illegal discrimination

 Training Programs

  • For professionals (attorneys, architects, educators, etc.) seeking continuing education credits or teacher in-service.
  • Mandated in a settlement or other legal order resolving a complaint of illegal discrimination.
  • Requested by communities or organizations who want to be proactive in their approach to equal opportunity.
  • Requested by communities or organizations in response to a specific problem.

How to Request a Training, Presentation, or Event Speaker

  • Download and complete the Training Request Form
  • Email or mail the completed request form to:
    • phr​c@pa.gov
    • Training Request
      333 Market Street, 8th Floor
      Harrisburg, PA 17101
  • Please submit training requests at least 30 days in advance.
  • SPIRIT program and extensive training requests may require more advanced notice.






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​PHRC Social Justice Iniatives

As part of PHRC's mission, PHRC offers events throughout the year to educate on different topics related to civil rights and social justice.

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Don't Leave Me Out! Holistic Approaches for Disability Inclusion & Resolving Conflict, a PHRC Disability Conference
  • DATE: Tuesday, July 9, 2024
  • TIME: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Harrisburg Hilton, One North Second Street, Harrisburg (virtual option available)
  • This is a free conference, but you do need to register to attend. You can register here.
Join the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for a 1-day conference focused on working together with individuals with disabilities to navigate conflict. This hybrid conference will take place at the Harrisburg Hilton and online, and will offer engaging sessions on a variety of topics about how individuals with disabilities navigate through various conflict situations, including bullying, interactions with the criminal justice system, armed conflict, mediation, and more. This conference is designed to inform Pennsylvanians about their rights, explore new ideas, and connect individuals with resources to help them successfully work through conflict situations. 

We also are offering a limited number of free networking tables, where organizations can share information about their programs and services. You can apply to host a table here.

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Fair Housing Empower Hour

Monthly fair housing training on different topics to provide a broad look on some of the subject matter that relate to fair housing. The topics are designed to promote conversations and questions.   All sessions are free and held from 12-1 p.m. Anyone with questions should contact Brittany Mellinger. Learn more about our upcoming sessions here: 

      • Wednesday, June 26, 12-1p.m.: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. Register here.

PHRC on the Road: Building Pennsylvania's Beloved Community

PHRC created the Beloved Community framework to assist communities of the commonwealth to intentionally build a culture of peace, understanding and tolerance despite our differences within the​ context of an increasingly diverse and interconnected world. Each listening session includes a presentation on the Beloved Community framework and an overview of the services and programs offered by the PHRC. The session then open up for questions from the community. PHRC is still looking for locations to host upcoming sessions, anyone interested in partnering with the PHRC should contact Stacey Waters.​

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​Adams County 
  • Thursday, June 13, 2024
    • 6-7:30 p.m.
    • United Lutheran Seminary (Auditorium) 61 Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg, PA 17325
    • To register, click here. ​
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​​Social Justice Lunch & Learn series

The Social Justice Lunch and Learns is a brown bag series developed to offer convenient,
engaging, and practical competency development sessions for the PHRC staff, civil rights
and human rights stakeholders and people of the Commonwealth. It is essential that all of
us who are committed to justice, work to ensure that we are addressing those harmful
systems that impact people on a macro, mezzo and micro level.

Diversity Speaks Series
The Diversity Speaks Series was developed for a general audience to provide a variety of perspectives on the most pressing human rights issues of the day.

Social Justice Lecture Series
The Social Justice Lecture Series examines the promise of the United States as a country that values equity. While reality has included a long history of oppression, this series examines the work that remains to ensure we create a society that neither diminishes nor marginalizes any of its residents.
To stay up to date on the events we are hosting, take a look at the calendar below or follow us on social media.
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