Training and Education



PHRC staff members are available for formal training or brief presentations on topics including civil rights law & PHRC jurisdiction; cross-cultural communication; preventing discrimination in the school or workplace; conflict resolution; bias & hate crimes, and many more.  Topics can be broad, such as a civil rights overview, or as specific as cyberbullying, sexual harassment, predatory lending, or making historic buildings accessible for people with disabilities.  The goal of our presentations is always to promote diversity and equal opportunity, and to help communities, businesses, schools and other organizations recognize and prevent or eliminate illegal discrimination. 

Presentations are tailored to the specific needs of your organization or community.  Programs for professionals such as attorneys, architects and educators have been offered for continuing education credits or teacher in-service.

Training is often mandated in a settlement or other legal order resolving a complaint of illegal discrimination.  While sometimes requested in response to a specific problem, training is frequently requested by communities or organizations who want to be proactive in their approach to equal opportunity.

Use the training request form to request training or a presentation or speaker for your event.  To assist us in scheduling, please make requests 30 days in advance.

Bias & Hate Crime Training
Legal Education
SPIRIT Training in Schools
Teacher and School Personnel In-Service Training
Event Speakers

Bias & Hate Crime Training

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission trains local law enforcement and college campus crime prevention authorities on how to recognize and address hate crimes and bias incidents in their communities. 

Training typically includes:

  • An overview of possible underlying criminal offenses to which a hate crime charge may be added under PA law
  • Incident response methods and effect on public relations
  • Statistical and historical overview of hate crimes, regional hate activity and types of incidents that may escalate into community tension or violence

Training is typically conducted by PHRC attorneys and educational outreach staff members with substantial experience monitoring hate crimes and bias incidents and working with communities to respond to such incidents. 

Training can be designed to suit specific organizational needs and regional demographics and is often conducted in conjunction with the PA State Police, PA Attorney General’s Office and U.S. Department of Justice.

Use the training request form to request training or a presentation or speaker for your event.

Legal Education

PHRC attorneys conduct legal seminars and other presentations on topics such as practicing before the PA Human Relations Commission; retaliation; theories of illegal discrimination; complying with accessibility laws; and other topics specific to different areas of discrimination.

Use the training request form to request training or a presentation or speaker for your event.

SPIRIT Training in Schools

PHRC coordinates and conducts a training program called Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together, or SPIRIT.  The program, designed by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service, is conducted by PHRC staff and partners from a number of organizations with expertise in the field of conflict resolution. 

The program has been very successful in helping students and educators embrace change in their schools, and address conflict head-on.  It has been a springboard for challenging students to address issues and express their ideas through projects in the arts, history, English and other courses.

Read more about SPIRIT on the U.S. Dept. of Justice website.

Request a SPIRIT using our training request form.
 
Teacher and School Personnel In-Service Training

(overview to come) 

Use the training request form to request training or a presentation or speaker for your event.


Event Speakers

PHRC commissioners and staff speak on a wide range of civil rights topics at community events across PA.  Biographies of our commissioners and senior staff can be found on the About Us page of this site.  Request a specific speaker, or let us recommend a speaker by using our request form