Provided by the Prince William Human Rights Commission
Ms. Ramunda Young, a commissioner on the local Prince William Human Rights Commission, was named Commissioner of the Year by the Virginia Association on Human Rights (VAHR). Annually, VAHR solicits nominations from its seven member human rights organizations from around the state for the prestigious awards of Commission of the Year and Staff Member of the Year.
Ms. Young was recognized for her work with the Prince William County Human Rights Commission and Virginia Leadership Institute in working with the Board of County Supervisors to proactively place vacancies of local boards, commissions and committees (BCCs) more prominently on the website, weekly newsletters and other mass communication efforts utilized by the county. This would allow all citizens to be aware of vacancies and in turn apply as a result of the more concerted effort. It is hoped that this will foster more inclusiveness from diverse communities on the BCCs and reflect the a broader representation of the county.
Young serves as the Chair of the Marketing and Publicity team, and has worked with the county’s communications department on various promotion efforts, press releases and media coverage of commission activities. Additionally, she spearheaded the outreach efforts along with the EEOC Washington Field Office and other Northern Virginia Human Rights Commission in organizing and staffing an initiative held at Todos Market, which successfully distributed information to over 200 people in the Woodbridge area. Her efforts also include participating in events focused on the Hispanic community such as outreach at local medical clinics along with the El Salvadorian consulate and other local civic organizations. Young was appointed by Supervisor John Jenkins in 2013 and represents the Neabsco district.