The city's Task Force on Racism, Discrimination and Human Diversity kicks off the first in a series of community forums tonight when it takes comments on discrimination in housing.
The forum gets under way at 7 p.m. at South Park Center, 1141 Mass.
Ann Weick, who chairs the task force, said the forum will give people the opportunity to discuss discrimination in housing.
"The task force wants to hear from people who have experienced discrimination in housing. We want them to talk about their concerns and we want them to share any remedies or possible solutions they see," Weick said.
Information gathered from tonight's forum will be used in the task force's final report and recommendations to the Lawrence City Commission.
The task force is sponsoring eight community forums on various topics during November.
In addition, it is sponsoring a "Talk to Your Task Force" community call-in show on Nov. 28 to be broadcast live over Sunflower Cable Channel 6 and radio stations KANU-FM and KLWN-AM.
Other forums to be sponsored by the task force are: employment, 7 p.m. Monday; law enforcement, 7 p.m. next Thursday; consumer issues related to business, restaurants and clubs, 7 p.m. Nov. 13; primary and secondary education, 7 p.m. Nov. 15; Haskell Indian Junior College, 7 p.m. Nov. 19; Kansas University, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; and public and community services, 7 p.m. Nov. 27.
With the exception of the Haskell and KU forums, each forum will be at South Park Center. The Haskell forum will be on the Haskell campus in the Navarre Hall conference room; the KU forum will be in Alderson Auditorium in the Kansas Union.