Indiana Consortium 47th Annual Training Conference is Rescheduled: September 14th – 17th

The Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies is pleased to announce the postponed June conference has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 14th, to Friday, September 17th. The September conference will have a hybrid format (in-person and virtual-online). It will be held in Michigan City, Indiana, at the Blue Chip Casino (with social distancing, etc.).

The Theme is still: “Covid, Civil Unrest & Our Human Relations Response”

Your tickets that you purchased for the postponed June Conference will be honored at the September Conference.  

(If you can’t attend the September event due to the postponement of the June Conference, you can either donate your tickets or request a refund.)

As always, our conference promises to be an opportunity for human and civil rights enforcement agencies and advocates, attorneys, social service, human resources, realtors and other professionals to come together and learn about best practices, emerging issues and relevant case law that furthers diversity, inclusion, fair treatment, employment opportunities and fair housing for all.

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The Conference’s theme will be “Covid, Civil Unrest & Our Human Relations Response.” At the Indiana Consortium’s Conference, there will be four training tracks:

• Enforcement Training

• Law & Policy Update

• Diversity & Inclusion

• Civil & Human Rights Advocacy (Community)

The conference will open on Tuesday evening September 14, 2021, with a Reception sponsored by the National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW) and an opening speech on Diversity and Inclusion in Indiana will be given by Karrah Herring, Indiana’s first Equity and Inclusion Officer.

On the first day of training (Wednesday, September 15) will begin with a Plenary session by Professor Michael Seng, John Marshall Law School/Fair Housing, titled “What Covid Has Taught Us in Fair Housing”. Other Conference presenters include: Indiana University McKinney School of Social Work, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana/Amy Nelson, John Marshall School of Law, Indiana Department of Transportation, Stella Adams (Housing Consultant), Indy Pride, Luna Language, Indiana Disability Rights, SHRM as well as consultants and state and local human and civil rights organizations.

On Thursday, September 16 we will hear from various HUD representatives from the State, Region V and Washington, D.C. Additionally, on Thursday, recipients of the Consortium scholarship will be acknowledged during lunch, and that evening, the following individuals will be recognized at the Consortium’s Annual Awards Dinner at 6:00 PM.

• Leroy King will be awarded the Jonathan Comer Civil Rights Award

• Garrett Matthews will be awarded the Lugar/Bayh Human Rights Award

• Gladys Muhammad will be awarded the Frieda Dawkins Human Rights Award

• Philip Shelton will be awarded the President’s Award of Excellence

• Pete Buttigieg will be our Keynote speaker for our Awards Dinner

The conference wraps up Friday, September 17 by noon with an opportunity for attendees to hear from members of the Indiana’s Black Legislative Caucus. Ta-Tanesha George is the vice president of the Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies, and she encourages civil rights practitioners, attorneys, social workers, human resources professionals and community advocates to attend the conference virtually or in-person in Michigan City Indiana at the Blue Chip Casino. “It is a critical time in civil rights and in civil rights enforcement. We have to ensure that civil rights is a priority and it’s extended to all people. This conference promises to be a candid conversation on the current state of civil and human rights in Indiana.”

Awards Dinner is INCLUDED in the conference registration price. If you’d like to purchase tickets ONLY for the dinner, select “Awards Dinner” for your ticket purchase.

  • September 14, 2019: Networking Reception (Evening)
  • September 15, 2019: Conference Day 1 (Full-day)
  • September 16, 2019: Conference Day 2 (Full-day)
  • September 17, 2019: Conference Day 3 (Half-day)


The Welcome Reception will be held from 5:30-7 PM on Tuesday, June 8th at the at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa. Reception by National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW). Attire is business casual–join us for a light snack and great music after work!


We are so excited to honor exceptional performance in the areas of freedom, equity, cultural vision, and diversity & inclusion at this year’s Awards Dinner on Thursday, September 16th at the Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa. Doors will open at 6 PM, the program will begin at 6:30 PM sharp. Dress is cocktail attire.

*If you have any dietary restrictions or would like to request a vegetarian option for your lunch, please reach out to 

For more information about the conference:

Checks should be made out to “Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies” and should be mailed to  Indiana Civil Rights Commission, 5925 Calumet Avenue, Room #115, Hammond, Indiana 46320