Human Rights Day

The annual Terre Haute Human Rights Day is a day-long event. Each year a keynote speaker is featured along with several other speakers, interactive workshops, and a variety of other activities. While centered on the Indiana State University campus, the programming represents the work of many individuals from both ISU and the Terre Haute community, and will involve both public school and university students.

Human Rights Day 2017

Human Rights 2017 will be held on March 7.

2017 Keynote Speaker

Merilyn Brown

Merilyn D. Brown holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Law Enforcement Administration; an Associates Degree in Business Administration; a Bachelor's of Theology and a Jurist Doctor from The John Marshall Law School. She is a licensed ordained Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and is founder and pastor of Christ Centered Ministries Church, Kankakee, IL. Merilyn presently is working as an Attorney Advisor in the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Midwest Regional Office in Chicago Illinois. She is the former Director of the Fair Housing Enforcement Division, Office of Investigations in Washington, DC. She has served as both a Commissioner and the Chief Commissioner on the Police and Fire Board of University Park, IL. Merilyn is an Adjunct Professor of The John Marshall Law School and on the Board of the JMLS National Fair Housing Educational Center. As Attorney Advisor in the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity she, on three separate occasions, has been nominated as "Outstanding Federal Employee" and was selected to receive the Jonathan Comer Service Award in 2014 by the Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies for her expertise in fair housing and providing training and support to the stat's agencies in the field of civil and human rights. She has received the John Marshall Law School Alumni Distinguished Service Award recognizing her outstanding achievements in the practice of law and the significant contributions she has made to her community and to the law school. Attorney Brown has published several articles and is a desired national speaker, trainer, facilitator, and teacher

For more information contact Center for Community Engagement: (812) 237-2334


Tirey Hall 134A
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809

812.237.2525 fax

Office Hours:

8:00 am - 4:30 pm