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Human rights deputy director steps into role

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The city’s new deputy director of the Human Rights Commission has hit the door running.

Molly Connor last month replaced Aida Ramirez, who was promoted to director in July after Lorraine Smith retired.

The 22-year-old Connor, who graduated from Hanover College in May with a double major in English and political science, said she is learning on the job and getting acclimated to the work the position requires.

Connor said she applied for the job because it looked similar to an internship she completed last summer with the Volunteer Lawyers Project in Cincinnati. In that internship, Connor said she enjoyed being able to help people on a daily basis.

Connor interned at the Campbell County Attorney’s office in northern Kentucky, tutored her fellow students in writing and speech and volunteered and studied abroad in Italy for a month. She received the Hanover College Alumni Senior Award for exemplary scholarship, character and leadership.

As she continues in her role as deputy director, Connor said she hopes to help educate the community on what discrimination is. She also said she hopes to help the community become even more welcoming and to establish and increase diversity throughout the city.

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