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Location: Virtual/Online
Cost: Free

Identifying and Understanding Housing Discrimination: What is Discrimination? How Do You Recognize It? What Should You Do If You Experience It?

This workshop will focus on educating the community at-large and the re-entry community on housing discrimination and the Housing Authority criminal background review process.

Facilitator: Office of Civil Rights, City of Austin
Speakers: Laura Bodai, Housing Authority of the City of Austin; Enrique Serrano, Office of Civil Rights       
Who Should Attend: Job Seekers/Community/Business Leaders/HR Managers     


1:00 – 1:10 p.m. Welcome by Carol Johnson, J.D., M.A., Civil Rights Officer, City of Austin  

1:05 – 1:15 p.m. Introduction (Office of Civil Rights Facilitator) 

1:15 – 1:45 p.m. Housing Discrimination Overview

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. Criminal Background Review Process (Housing Authority)

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Civil Rights Complaint Process (Office of Civil Rights) 

2:15 – 2:30    Q/A

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This workshop is part of a four-part educational series sponsored by the Office of Civil Rights, informing the community, returning citizens, the re-entry community, employers, housing providers, businesses, and HR professionals on civil rights protections for Austinites.

This free training series seeks to empower participants with information to increase economic opportunity; prevent and reduce discrimination; support housing security; and protect the health and safety of Austin residents.

The series is designed for the reentry and marginalized communities, and will include the following critical information:

  • Fair Chance Hiring for Job Seekers
  • Fair Chance Hiring for Employers
  • Employment Discrimination Education 
  • Housing Discrimination Education
Virtual Event

United States