The Committee serves as the primary advisory body to the City Council during the design, fundraising, construction, and implementation phases of the Underground Railroad Center Project. For more information concerning the duties of URCIT please view the official charge below.

Meeting Times

Please refer to of City of Oberlin Calendar of Events for official dates.

Contact Us

For more information please contact Human Relations Commission Secretary,  Diane Ramos 440 775-7217.

A complete list of board and commission members can be found here.


Name AddressTerm
Leo Evans, Vice Chair280 Hollywood StreetUnlimited
Paul Lipke - Benn319 Reamer PlaceUnlimited
Tony Mealy328 S. Professor StreetUnlimited
Barbara Mehwald285 E. College StreetUnlimited
Joseph L. Peek355 W. Lorain StreetUnlimited
Jessie Reeder, Chair133 Smith Street Unlimited
Lester A. Allen III44989 E. Hamilton StreetUnlimited
Donna L. VanRaaphorst57 Kendal DriveUnlimited
Russell Walker359 South Pleasant StreetUnlimited

Important Documents

Official Charge

Minutes & Agendas


Underground Railroad Center  

2014 Site Plan 

Questions related to the application process for City board and commission appointments should be directed to the Oberlin Clerk of Council’s Office