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States and Territories Currently Seeking Nominations and Applicants

The Commission has established an Advisory Committee in every state, the District of Columbia, and the five U.S. territories. These committees serve as the Commission’s eyes and ears and advise the Commission about civil rights matters in their states. 

Committee members are recruited from a broad cross-section of professional, educational, and political backgrounds. The Commission is especially interested in appointing individuals with diverse viewpoints who have a demonstrated interest in the various civil rights issues that fall within the Commission’s jurisdiction, as well as individuals who can approach these issues from diverse personal and professional experiences. Commissioners vote on individual appointments to the advisory committees based on recommendations from the staff director. 

States and Territories Seeking Members

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • American Samoa

Responsibilities and Term of Service

Committee members are expected to make meaningful contributions to the Committee in its development of projects and creation of reports for the Commission. Committees meet on average every quarter, but Committees amid a project may meet monthly. Members who miss two consecutive meetings may be subject to constructive resignation from the Committee.

The term of service for a committee member is four years with a total duration of not more than eight years (or two four-year terms) unless there is sufficient basis for extending the appointment to 12 years. 

Applying for Membership

Individuals interested in serving and capable of fulfilling the expectations of being an Advisory Committee member are invited to apply at the links below:

Note: you will be required to upload a current resume and provide a 500 word or less statement on your experience or qualifications for appointment. Please have these prepared prior to starting the application. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Prior to participating in Committee activity, you will also be required to fill out a Confidential Conflict-of-Interest Statement to help USCCR personnel identify and resolve potential and apparent conflicts.  

For questions about membership on an Advisory Committee or how to complete the application, contact David Mussatt, Supervisory Chief of Regional Programs at or (312) 353-8311 x 10