Announcements Archives

Screen capture of Darlene Sweeney-Newbern on CNN segmentJanuary 16, 2019 - OCRC case featured on CNN 

Director of Regional Operations Darlene Sweeney-Newbern was interviewed for a segment on CNN's Tonight with Don Lemon. The segment discussed OCRC's finding of Probable Cause of racial harassment and discrimination against General Motors in Toledo. For more information and to see the segment, click here.


Photo of Bradley Dunn in front of film poster for "On the Basis of Sex"January 3, 2019 - OCRC presents at film sneak premiere

Regional Director Bradley S. S. Dunn provided a brief presentation on the history of sex-based discrimination at a sneak premiere of the film, On the Basis of Sex. The film, which is based on the early life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, was part of an event in Columbus hosted by the Ohio Bar Association, the OSBA Women in the Profession Section, the Columbus Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association, and the Women Lawyers of Franklin County. 


November 2Photo of Ronnell Tomlinson and Stephen Menendian at the OCRC Symposium. They are smiling.7, 2018 - OCRC 50th Anniversary of Fair Housing Symposium

On Tuesday, November 27, OCRC hosted a robust day of education and contemplation on the legacy of the Federal Fair Housing Act and the future of fair housing in the United States. Click here for video of the event.

Featured Speakers Included:


October 25, 201Photo of University of Akron campus on a sunny day8 - OCRC at University of Akron School of Law

On October 25, 2018, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission will hold a regular meeting at the University of Akron School of Law. The meeting will be held at 9:30am in the C. Blake McDowell Law Center, Brennan Moot Courtroom, Rm. 180, 150 University Ave., Akron, OH 44325. For directions to the University of Akron meeting, click here. 


Photo of 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees and OCRC CommissionersOctober 4, 2018 - 10th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and sponsors welcomed the 2018 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees at the 10th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame induction ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. This year, Dr. Errol Alexander, Dr. Joseph Carter Corbin, Speaker Jo Ann Davidson, Jim Obergefell, Renee Powell, and William Powell were inducted to the Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Angela Pace, Director of Community Affairs for 10TV News, served as Mistress of Ceremonies, Judge Algenon L. Marbley provided the keynote address and the Harmony Project Inside/Out Choir provided entertainment. For more information about this year's Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame inductees and ceremony, click here.

The 2018 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame ceremony also featured the new Commissioners' Community Spirit Award, presented to Larry and Donna James. For more information about Mr. and Mrs. James and the Award, visit the Community Spirit Award page.


September 10, 201Photo of OCRC staff with State Diversity and Inclusion Award certificate8 - OCRC Receives Statewide Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Ohio Department of Administrative Services Equal Opportunity Division recently presented the Ohio Civil Rights Commission with the award for the Division’s 2018 Diversity & Inclusion Award in the “small” agency category. Winners were selected by the independent Central Ohio Diversity Consortium (CODC). OCRC will be presented with the award at a recognition ceremony.


Photo of OCRC staff at International Association of Human Rights Agencies ConferenceAugust 26-28 - OCRC Contributes to International Human Rights Conference

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission attended the 2018 International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA) Conference held in Cincinnati from August 26th to August 30th. The conference held an array of speakers and panels focusing on topics such as racism, human rights, and fair housing. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission is a member of IAOHRA, an association focusing on protecting civil and human rights. OCRC participated as attendees, volunteers and presenters, including an opening welcome from OCRC Chair Lori Barreras and a fair housing panel presentation by Darlene Newbern, Director of Regional Operations.


Photo of Chair Barreras at National Urban League ConferenceAugust 2, 2018 - Chair Lori Barreras speaks at National Urban League Conference in Columbus

On August 2, Chair Lori Barreras presented remarks to attendees of the 2018 National Urban League Conference, held in Columbus, OH. Chair Barreras was invited to introduce Rev. Al Sharpton before the start of the afternoon plenary session, “Civic Engagement & Voting: Transforming American Cities.”


June 1, 2018 - OCRC Hosts Second Annual Student Photography ExhibitioPhoto of Executive Director Michael Payton with student photographer. The pair look at a photograph out of view.n

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission and the Ohio Arts Council partnered to host the second annual student photography exhibition in the OCRC Central Office. Photographs created with instruction and help from Manifest Drawing Studio in Cincinnati and the Cleveland Print Room will be on display for a year. For more information, click here. 


photo of reconsideration supervisor Beyan AsobaMay 20, 2018 - OCRC Reconsideration Supervisor Travels to Ethopia to Discuss Democratization, Civil Rights

From Sunday, May 20, 2018 to June 6, 2018, Beyan Asoba, OCRC Reconsideration Supervisor, returned to Ethiopia for the first time since 1985. He was unable to return to his country of origin due to a fear of persecution by the successive Ethiopian tyrannical regimes, due to his engagement in the struggle for freedom, democracy, justice and the rule of law.

His reason to travel to Ethiopia was to make change for the better. Since November 2015, the people of Ethiopia have demanded freedom. The initial reaction of the government was to suppress the people’s demands more. Thousands have been killed and thousands more incarcerated. By refusing to stop their peaceful resistance, the people of Ethiopia managed to compel the government to start listening and allow the election of the new Prime Minister. In April 2018, a new Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, was elected. Prime Minister Ahmed has promised to open the political space and start dialogue with political forces and human rights activists opposed to the regime.

Beyan Asoba, with other four fellow expatriates, was invited to meet with Prime Minister Ahmed's government to discuss reforms and democratization of Ethiopia. Mr. Asoba served as a part of the first group of Diaspora Ethiopians the government is meeting with. He used the opportunity to express the importance of the support of government for the changes that have already taken place and for promises of reforms that have been made. Finally, he suggested recommendations on the way forward to national reconciliation, peace and the democratization of Ethiopia.


May 6, 2018 - Darlene Sweeney-Newbern Interviewd on BridgesPhoto of Regional Director Darlene Sweeney-Newbern

OCRC's Director of Regional Operations, Darlene Sweeney-Newbern was recently featured on Toledo's 13abc program Bridges, where she discussed hate crimes and discrimination in America, particularly in light of recent allegations in Toledo. To watch the interview, click here.



Photo of Ronnell Tomlinson in Ohio Realtors videoOctober 5, 2017 - 9th Annual Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame

OCRC Director of Housing Enforcement and Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ronnell Tomlinson, is features in a video by Ohio Realtors celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and its importance in advancing the goal of equal access to the "American Dream." Check out the video by clicking here.


April 11, 2018 - Executive Director Payton featured at Ohio Department of Transportation Civil Rights ConferencePhoto of Director Payton and Jim Tressel

The Ohio Department of Transportation hosted its 2nd Annual Civil Rights Transportation Symposium this year and during the two-day symposium, OCRC Executive Director G. Michael Payton moderated a panel on Recruitment, Coaching, and Team Building Success. The Panel featured Jim Tressel, Stephanie Hightower, and John Wooldridge. For more information, click here.


Photo of Wright State University Student Union Building EntranceApril 5, 2018 - OCRC Visits Wright State University

The Ohio Civil Rights Commission held one of its public commission meetings on the campus of Wright State University. A huge thank you is due to Wright State University, the Bolinga Black Cultural Resources Center, and Dr. Julie Williams for their warm welcome and hospitality.


March 7, 2018 - OCRC Partners to Host Discussion of Segregatation in AmericaPhoto of Richard Rothstein

OCRC partnered with the Columbus Metropolitan Club to welcome author and fair housing scholar Richard Rothstein to discuss "The Truth About Segregation" at the Boat House at Confluence Park in Columbus, OH. Other panelists in the discussion included Judge Noceeba Southern and NBA basketball player and author Lawrence Funderburke. For more information, click here. For more information, click here.


Photo of the 2018 MLK Contest Award WinnersFebruary 2, 2018 - OCRC Presents MLK and Excellence in Teaching Diversity Awards

February 2, 2018 - OCRC celebrated the winners of the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art, Essay & Multimedia Awards and the annual Excellence in Teaching Diversity award at a ceremony in Columbus. For more information on this year's winners, click here.


January 2018 - OCRC Announces New Director of Regional OperationsPhoto of  Darlene Sweeney-Newbern

OCRC Toledo Regional Director Darlene Sweeney-Newbern has been chosen to serve as the new statewide Director of Regional Operations. As Director of Regional Operations, Ms. Sweeney-Newbern will oversee agency personnel and management of the five regional offices in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo in their enforcement of Ohio's laws against discrimination. She fills the vacancy left following the retirement of former Director of Regional Operations, Keith McNeil. For more information on Darlene and the rest of our executive staff, click here.

click here to find out more and register