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MHRC Hires Caroline Blackwell as Executive Director

4/14/2011


Caroline G. Blackwell will serve as the new Executive Director for The Metro Human 
Relations Commission.  For the last seventeen years, Ms. 
Blackwell has worked at the University School of Nashville, 
most recently as the Director of Multicultural Affairs. In that 
position, she researched and developed programs for faculty 
and students on various diversity topics, including managing 
socioeconomic and class diversity, sexual orientation and 
gender development, bias in classrooms and organizational 
settings, intercultural communication, and conflict 
management.  Ms. Blackwell also is the lead facilitator for the 
National Association of Independent Schools Summer 
Diversity Institute, and consults regionally and nationally on 
diversity and inclusion.

Ms. Blackwell received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland 
and a master of social work from Boston University.  She is certified by the National 
Multicultural Institute and is a Rule 31 Listed Civil Mediator. Ms. Blackwell is a board 
member of Nashville CABLE, Goodwill of Middle Tennessee, and Nonviolent 
Communication Nashville.

With her twenty years of experience in cross-cultural communications, community relations, education, and conflict management, Ms. Blackwell will ably lead the Commission and the entire Nashville community in addressing human relations issues and opportunities in our increasingly diverse city.  Commissioner Hal Cato, Chair of the Human Relations Commission Executive Director Search Committee noted “The Commission conducted a nationwide search and we found the most qualified candidate here in our own community.  Ms. Blackwell knows Nashville and its issues and the Commission is looking forward to working with her.” 

Ms. Blackwell is committed to fulfilling the mission of the MHRC through communitywide education and broad-based initiatives to  eliminate discrimination in employment, housing, financial services and public accommodations as well as to assist efforts to promote respect for diversity, encourage improved race relations and address issues of community concern. “The Commission’s strategic plan is results-oriented” said Patricia Totty, Chair of the Human Relations Commission, “Ms. Blackwell’s personal commitment and professional accomplishments working in the field for over two decades will lead to the positive results we are committed to on behalf of the citizens of Davidson County.”

About the Metro Human Relations Commission: The Metro Human Relations 
Commission was reestablished is 1994 with its objective to make Nashville noteworthy 
in the area of human relations. Today, with seventeen Commissioners, appointed by the 
Mayor and confirmed by the Council, and employing a professional staff of three, the 
Commission is focused on its core mission to protect and promote the personal dignity 
of all people by protecting and promoting their safety, health, security, peace and 
general welfare.   For more information about the Metro Human Relations Commission, visit our website.