Committees

The Office of Diversity & Equity encourages New Hanover County residents to get involved with local boards and committees that drive policy, positive change, and act as an advocate for the community. The county is best served when there is a broad representation of citizens who participate in the decision-making process to improve services for our residents. (Applications to county boards available here.)

The Office of Diversity & Equity is involved with the following boards and committees:

Community Relations Advisory Committee

The purpose of the County/City Community Relations Advisory Committee is to address community issues involving prejudice or discrimination on the bases of race, nation origin, creed or religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or medical condition; informing the Appointing Authorities and other organizations of their findings; and making recommendations, in an advisory capacity, to the Appointing Authorities and other organizations, as necessary.

Community Relations Advisory Committee Information Sheet and Current Roster 

Commission on African-American History, Heritage and Culture

Organized for the purpose of researching, investigating, discovering, preserving, collecting, cataloging, and celebrating African American culture, history, historical areas, sites and/or landmarks of focus in the county through collaboration with the Cape Fear Museum, New Hanover County Library, City of Wilmington Commission on African American History, NAACP, Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, UNCW, the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission, and other institutions, agencies and individuals with historical knowledge and expertise.

The commission shall educate the community on historical areas and/or landmarks, and establish programs and initiatives that preserve and protect New Hanover County’s African American history, heritage, arts and culture. The commission shall collaborate with the City of Wilmington Commission on African American History on special events and projects.

Commission on African-American History, Heritage and Culture Information Sheet and Current Roster.

Commission for Women

The Commission shall be organized for the purpose of acting as an advocate for women and a resource of information on the status of women in New Hanover County for the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners (Board) and Wilmington City Council (Council):

  • To identify the status of women and assess the needs of women in New Hanover County (County) and the City of Wilmington (City);
  • To provide a status of women in New Hanover County report on an annual basis to the Board and Council;
  • To provide information and recommendations to the Board and Council on the needs and issues important to women as it deems necessary in improving and upholding the opportunities in employment, education and community services for all people, regardless of sex;
  • To work toward the betterment of the status of women with respect to employment and educational opportunities, health services, child care services, welfare services, financial services, and community leadership opportunities;
  • To serve as an umbrella to coordinate and support all women’s initiatives, organizations, and networks in the County and the City including coordinating and cooperating with the YWCA and other organizations involved in activities on the status of women; and
  • To conduct educational seminars in collaboration with other organizations for residents and businesses in the County and the City.

Information Sheet and Current Roster.

(Applications to county boards available here.)

Office of Diversity & Equity: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 120 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7430 • Fax 910-798-7277