Skip to main content

Meet HRC’s youth commissioners

Each year, Bloomington’s Human Rights Commission offers a few students the opportunity to make a difference as youth commissioners. Jefferson High School senior Angela Kunkel and Kennedy High School alumnae Ellie Smith were appointed in 2018.

Angela Kunkel

Q: What made you want to get involved by serving on the HRC?

A: I wanted to help implement real change in Bloomington that could have a lasting effect on this community.

Q: What do you want to do after high school?

A:  Hopefully, I want to attend the University of Minnesota. I’m still undecided on what I want to study. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish on the HRC?

A: I think the HRC is a great opportunity for me to learn more about my community and advocate for a more equitable Bloomington where we can embrace and celebrate our diversity.

Q: What’s something you enjoy doing outside of school, work and volunteering?

A: Outside of school, I like to keep busy playing soccer and spending as much time outside as possible. If I’m not outside, I’m probably getting pizza and hanging out with my friends.

​​​​​​​
Ellie Smith 

Q: What made you want to get involved by serving on the HRC?

A: Social justice and equity are things I’m very passionate about. The HRC is helping to move Bloomington toward being a more inclusive, multicultural city. I am excited about being a part of a commission that is working toward expanding cultural competence, diversity and inclusiveness. 

Q: What do you hope to accomplish on the HRC?

A: I hope to take action as well as attend and lead events within the city that promote sustainable change and a sense of community. A goal I hope to work toward continuously in the HRC is combating the barriers that prevent marginalized populations within Bloomington from being and feeling like an important part of the community. 

Q: What’s something you enjoy doing outside of school, work and volunteering?

A: Outside of work, school and volunteering, I really enjoy the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, running, paddle boarding and traveling to new places. I also enjoy live music.