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Human Rights Commissioner Speaks to Human Resources Class

Lonnie L. Douglas, the executive director of the South Bend Human Rights Commission, recently visited the ANU South Bend Campus as a guest speaker for the Human Resources Management class. Mr. Douglas has received numerous awards from civil and human rights organizations for his contributions in the field of human relations.

During his presentation, Mr. Douglas discussed a variety of human rights issues affecting businesses today. “The SBHRC is always here to help you,” he told the class.

Mr. Douglas discussed the commissioner’s responsibilities, and the procedures of filing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discrimination complaint against an employer. He explained that the Human Rights Commission acts as a neutral agent and the entire process is administrative, not a criminal process. 

“My career focus in business has shifted to HR due to this course and the enthusiasm of the speaker.”

He also spoke briefly on the immediate need to understand the gender identification issues that are being deeply felt by both employers and employees, and he fielded questions from the students.

“The end result of the work done by the SBHRC is to ensure all people and cases are treated fairly, including respondents,” Mr. Douglas explained.  “The bottom line is that the employer can be responsible for all of their front line supervisor’s actions.”

Emerson Williams, a business administration-management student, has been inspired by the Human Resources Management class and by Mr. Douglas’s presentation.  “My career focus in business has shifted to HR due to this course and the enthusiasm of the speaker,” Emerson said.

Photo A-Business administration-management student Emerson Williams (left) is pictured in class with guest speaker Lonnie Douglas (right), executive director of the South Bend Human Rights Commission.

Photo B- Mr. Douglas (left) served as a guest speaker in instructor Rhonda Jordan’s (right) Human Resources Management class at the ANU South Bend Campus.

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