The Oregon Council on Civil Rights (OCCR), appointed by Commissioner Brad Avakian under ORS 659A.815, serves to advise the commissioner, BOLI and the state generally on matters related to education about and enforcement of civil rights in Oregon.
The mission of the OCCR is:
- To study and monitor the causes, effects and solutions of unlawful discrimination in Oregon;
- To consider legislative and agency proposals and actions;
- To foster communication, goodwill, cooperation and conciliation among groups interested in civil rights across the state, and between these groups and the state; and
- To advise the commissioner, and other interested state agencies or officials, on policies and procedures related to education about and enforcement of civil rights.
The members of OCCR work to advise the Commissioner and the state generally on all matters related to education about and enforcement of civil rights in Oregon, including: the administration of protected class provisions; making recommendations on new and existing civil rights protections and rulemaking to administer civil rights law most effectively; and fostering better enforcement, outreach and education efforts to aggressively fight unlawful discrimination in Oregon.