Great News: Rob Harter was recently nominated by the Governor of Utah on June 5th, 2015 to be the Commission Chair for the MLK Human Rights Commission!
Message from Rob: “Thank you Governor Herbert, Claudia and the whole Utah Martin Luther King Human Rights Commission Team! What an honor to serve in this role!”
Q & A:
1) What is the MLK Human Rights Commission?
The Utah MLK Commission is a non-partisan, non-legislative, non-judiciary, and non-religious group that was created by executive order on July 1, 1991. Governor Gary Herbert oversees the MLK Commission. The commission’s role in the state is to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by promoting equity, diversity, and human rights. The Commission seeks to do this through education and training. Members of the Commission also encourage, support, and participate in appropriate activities commemorating the federal and state holiday, which occurs on the third Monday of January each year. The Commission also works to coordinate efforts with Utahns of diverse backgrounds within public and private organizations to spread Dr. King’s vision of justice and equality throughout the year.
2) What does the Commission Chair of the Commission do?
The Commission consists of 13 volunteers appointed by the governor to two-year terms. They represent the diversity of the State of Utah from public and private sectors. Members meet once a month in Salt Lake City. The chair oversees this Commission, runs the meetings and serves as the representative between the Commission and the Multicultural Affairs office, under which the Commission is organized.
3) How is the Governor involved in the MLK Commission?
He appoints the MLK Commission and ultimately oversees it.
4) Does the Governor have a quote about your appointment?
Unfortunately I do not have a quote.
5) How long will you serve and what is your vision for the organization?
I think 2 years, but not sure.
Vision: The overall (not just mine) vision for the commission is to do all that we can to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by celebrating and promoting equity, diversity, and human rights.
6) Where can we find out more about the MLK Commission?