Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Education and Outreach

A key part of the CHRO's mission to eliminate discrimination is education and outreach. The CHRO holds many events throughout the year aimed at bringing attention to civil rights issues affecting our state. Below is a list of just some of the outreach events the CHRO has held.

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Kids Speak and Kids Court

Kids Speak is an annual event held at the end of each school year to bring together students from across the state to discuss civil rights issues affecting our state and nation. Open to both middle and high school students, the event is the kick off to the Kids Court Competition.

Kids Court is an essay and oral advocacy contest. Students in middle and high school divisions must write an essay about a current civil rights topic. Students with the top scoring essays present their papers to a panel of judges and must answer questions about what they wrote. Winners receive cash prizes.

 Fair Housing Rights for People with Mental Health Conditions Fair Housing Rights  for People with Mental Health Conditions

The CHRO with the Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. and funding from the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development presented a series of webinars in June of 2020 aimed at informing the public about the housing rights of those living with mental health conditions. Separate presentations offer information for housing providers and for consumers.

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Educational Disparity Symposium

The 2020 CHRO Summer Symposium focuses on educational disparities, particularly as they relate to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. NOTE: Due to damage from Tropical Storm Isaias, the symposium is being rescheduled to September.