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Update October 20, 2020

In mid-September of 2020, Council formalized its creation of the Community Relations Committee, and appointed nine residents as its founding members:

Floyd Akins, Chair Farida El-Hennawy, Vice-Chair Hana Abdelbaki
Ukeme Awakessien Jeter Jean-Philippe Dorval Karen Heiser
Judy Kase Jason Sayat Howard Warner

The Community Relations Committee’s purpose is to promote understanding, mutual respect and a sense of belonging among all residents to affirm the value of each individual and foster a culture of shared community. It will work to identify, encourage and facilitate programs and activities that support the following primary goals and objectives:

Welcome | Connect | Belong
Educate | Inform | Enlighten
Gather | Share | Celebrate

To help them in their work, the Committee will welcome and encourage meeting attendance and participation in initiatives from residents and civic entities engaged in diversity, equity and inclusion education and training opportunities, community programs and events.


2021 MeetingsScheduled Monthly on the Third Thursday at 4 pm

Previous meeting minutes can be found on our Archives Portal link.



Creation of this Committee evolved from a desire by many residents to advance Upper Arlington as a place that is welcoming, cohesive and inclusive. The process began in 2019 with two workshops and an online survey. In the fall, Council formed a temporary committee to develop a framework for next steps. In early December, the temporary committee recommended that Council form the Community Relations Committee.

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