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    Snake River Meeting

    Date: April 11, 2024, 12:00pm
    Sandy Taylor
    CSI - Taylor Building
    315 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, ID 83301
    Room 276 or 277
    Members Free - Non Members $20.00
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    Idaho Human Rights Commission

    Presenter’s Name & Title:Ben Earwicker, PhD; Director and Administrator of the Idaho Human Rights Commission

    Description of Presentation:
    In this presentation by the Idaho Human Rights Commission’s Director and Civil Rights Investigator Ross Schellhaas, participants will hear updates regarding discrimination complaints in Idaho during the last year as compared with previous years. Specific bases and issues of discrimination will be discussed, as well as trends in particular areas covered by state and federal anti-discrimination laws. Participants will also learn best practices when responding to a complaint of discrimination by an employee or customer.

    Learning Objectives:
    Objectives: 1) Participants will be able to identify key trends and changes in reports of discrimination in the previous fiscal year; 2) Participants will be able to articulate best practices when responding to and handling a charge of discrimination filed with the Human Rights Commission.

    Presentation Agenda (if applicable):
    Please see attached powerpoint; the goal of outreach by the Commission is to serve the public interest through training and presentations to individuals, agencies, businesses, and human resource professionals that prevent and reduce illegal discrimination in Idaho.

    Presenter’s Brief Biography Information:
    Dr. Ben Earwicker, J.D., Ph.D., served as a faculty member and administrator at universities in the U.S. and New Zealand for 13 years and now serves as Director of the Idaho Human Rights Commission. Prior to this, Ben worked as a social worker for the State of Idaho and the Idaho Migrant Council, and ran a successful small business for 10 years. He currently manages dual-enrollment modern language and social science courses throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, while working with the Idaho Human Rights Commission to enforce state and federal anti-discrimination laws and promote human and civil rights in Idaho.
    Ross Schellhaas is a fifth generation Idahoan, growing up in the small town of Meridian, Idaho. He enlisted in the military out of high school, after completing his enlistment, he returned to the Treasure Valley and attained a bachelor’s degree in history from Boise State before returning to the