Lafayette's City Council have selected nine residents from among 52 applicants to serve on the newly established Human Rights Commission.
The group will meet monthly and make recommendations to city council on ways to improve inclusivity and diversity in Lafayette; facilitate community conversations on issues and/or occurrences of division and conflict, and make recommendations for ways to resolve and eliminate such issues, according to officials.
"We want to look at and address those things that may limit our ability as a city to truly support diversity and inclusivity," Councilor Alexandra Lynch said in a statement Wednesday. "The Human Rights Commission will assist us to continue living up to the sign on Public Road that says, 'We are building an inclusive community.'"
Members will serve three-year terms. Celina Essekawu, Zoya Elhassan, Elizabeth Lichtenstein, Noe Lopez, Jason Meyer, Kristin Wagner, and Denice Walker will sit on the commission until 2020.
Lafayette residents, a large percentage of whom are Hispanic, in recent months have grown increasingly anxious over rhetoric from the Trump administration, which has manifested in racist crimes that have struck a chord on a local level.