Nelson to keynote Human Rights Commission annual dinner meeting

COLUMBUS, Ind. — The Columbus Human Rights Commission will present keynote speaker,  Amy Nelson at its annual dinner meeting at The Commons on Thursday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Nelson is the executive director of the Fair Housing Center of Central Indiana (“FHCCI”). In this role, she spearheaded the establishment of the agency in 2011 and has directed the office to national prominence as one of the most effective fair housing agencies. The mission of the FHCCI is to ensure equal housing opportunities by eliminating housing discrimination through advocacy, enforcement, education, and outreach.
Through a targeted, holistic approach that includes training to both consumers and professionals, programming, and policy advocacy; the agency has calculated a more than $43 million total financial impact (as of 2022). The FHCCI currently serves 24 counties in central Indiana, including Bartholomew County, which houses about 2.5 million
Since 1997, she has worked in the fair housing non-profit field, first working at the Fair Housing of the Dakotas for 12 years and then and Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia. She received a bachelor of science in international business and political science from
Minnesota State University-Moorehead of Moorhead, Minnesota, and her master of business administration from Averett College of Danville, Virginia. She currently serves on the board
of directors for the Central Indiana Realists Association (CIRA), the Indiana Coalition for Human Services, and Prosperity Indiana. Last year, she received the CIRA 2023 Trailblazer Award in recognition for her agency work in fair housing and subsequently was appointed to the Consumer Advisory Board of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Additionally, the recipient of the 2024 William R. Laws Human Rights Award and the winners of the 2024 Benjamin M. King Essay and the J. Irwin Miller Art Contests will be honored at the dinner. The theme for this year’s art and essay contests is “Living your authentic life.”
Admission to the dinner is by advance ticket purchase. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $30 per person.
Tickets can be purchased at the Human Rights Commission office located in City Hall at
123 Washington St. in Columbus or online at Tickets for tables of eight (8) may be purchased.
EARLY TICKET PURCHASE IS RECOMMENDED. When Annual Dinner tickets have sold out, a waiting list will be created in the event of cancellations. For further information, call (812) 376-2532 or [email protected].

The Commons is wheelchair accessible. For other accommodations or for financial
assistance in purchasing tickets, please contact the commission in advance.