Orange County Human Relations Council

aka OC Human Relations   |   Santa Ana, CA   |  www.ochumanrelations.org

Mission

The mission of Orange County Human Relations Council (OCHR) is to foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination in order to make Orange County a better place for all people to live, work, got to school and do business. For 30 years OCHR has invested in creating safeand inclusive schools and communities, developing and empowering diverse leaders to createpositive social change, mediating conflict and building understanding and respect among diversecommunities. OCHR adapts to the social landscape with innovative programs that targetcommunities and schools with a focus on serving those most impacted by issues related todiversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

Ruling year info

1995

Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Alison Edwards

Main address

1801 E. Edinger Ave #115

Santa Ana, CA 92705 USA

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EIN

33-0438086

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Intergroup/Race Relations (R30)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Building Program

OC Human Relations'
Community Building Program collaborates with diverse organizations,
institutions and community leaders to build understanding and respect, develop
diverse leaders, advocate for justice and build community capacity.Specific Programs include: Community Dialogues, Listening Sessions, Hate Crime Education and Response, Human Relations Education/Training, Community Capacity Building, Advocacy and Resident and Parent Leadership Development. We develop diverse community leaders who learn to engage in important decision-making processes with institutions that affect their lives. Residents become empowered to address human relations issues in their communities. We lead community dialogues and circles, education programs, advocacy work, capacity-building, and leadership programming. We also customize human relations trainings upon request.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants

BRIDGES develops a diverse group of students into leaders who have the skills, knowledge and tools to create, advocate for and sustain a safe, inclusive school environment where all students feel welcomed, are treated with respect and can succeed academically.  OC Human Relations staff are at school sites for the whole school year to train and coach students, teachers and parents in skills such as facilitation, conflict resolution and the foundations of human relations including empathy, respect for differences through personal connections and dialogue, and opens up communication on a variety of topics such as bullying, name calling and school violence BRIDGES works throughout the school year to empower students, teachers and administrators to sustain a more positive, safe and inclusive campus.Teachers are introduced to a variety of classroom materials, curriculum and lesson plans. Students are empowered to take action through positive leadership roles, public speaking and project organizing. In addition, each school is asked to commit to the BRIDGES program for a minimum of three years in order to see changes in the school climate integrated into the school’s culture.Within the BRIDGES Programs, we recently launched the Restorative Practices for Schools Programs that seeks to address the ineffectiveness and disproportionality that arises in more traditional school discipline systems by bringing a Restorative Justice perspective to the school setting. This project improves school climate by collaboratively working with school community stakeholders to embed Restorative Practices (a combination of community-building and restorative justice techniques).

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

The Dispute Resolution Program provides a broad spectrum of mediation, conciliation, negotiation and facilitated dialogue programs to resolve conflicts.  The mediation programs offer a positive approach and utilize dialogue as an alternative to violence and litigation. We can help resolve neighbor-to-neighbor, landlord-tenant, employer-employee, child custody, divorce, and small claims conflicts. We train and certify court, community, family law, and youth mediators, many of whom become volunteers/interns. We provide 32 hour state certified basic mediation training as well as advanced mediation training and internships.  Mediation services are offered free of charge to low-income residents.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Create safe, inclusive school climates respectful of ALL people by reaching 30,000 students in our BRIDGES Program annually.
Use mediation, reconciliation and restorative practices to resolve 2,000 disputes and teach 500 people in mediation and restorative practices annually.
Build community by promoting respect and understanding among diverse residents, teaching community engagement, responding to hate crime, facilitating Listening Sessions and dialogues, and building low-income community capacity.

Building trust relationships with diverse residents and institutions.
Assist individuals, schools and cities develop meaningful opportunities for resident engagement.
Develop engaging trainings to empower residents to have a voice in the decision-making process.
Facilitate restorative circles in schools and communities.
Mentor diverse youth leaders to become positive voices for safe, inclusive schools.
Conduct Listening Sessions in diverse communities to hear and understand their narratives and then share those stories with the broader community.

45 year history of bringing diverse people together around shared interests.
Deep experience in facilitating dialogue, restorative practices in schools and communities, and resolving complex community conflicts.
Able to work in crisis community conflicts to build a path forward to understand the underlying issues, learn best practices, and suggest proactive steps to build more inclusive and effective communities.
We reach over 25,000 students annually and engage them around being advocates for safe, inclusive school climates, developing their leadership skills.
Our programs are targeted for ALL students, not just the "best and brightest". Understanding the importance of uplifting ALL students.

In Fiscal Year 2014-15 OC Human Relations:
Engaged 25,017 students, teachers, administrators and parents in BRIDGES safe school climate program with restorative practices;
Documented and responded to 40 hate crimes.
Mediated 2,106 cases with a 66% success rate involving 4,551 people.
Conducted 30 police/community reconciliation cases.
Honored diverse community leaders at AWARDS 44 with 500 attendees.
Graduated 56 low-income, immigrant parents from our 7 week Parent Leadership Institutes.
Led 102 Restorative Justice circles with students, educators and families in school settings.

Financials

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Orange County Human Relations Council

Board of directors
as of 12/18/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Susan Reese


Board co-chair

Ms. Rev. Karen Stoyanoff

Jim McQueen

McQueen & Ashman LLP

Susan Reese

Susan S. Reese Design

Alison Edwards

OC Human Relations

Gurpreet Singh Ahuja

Children's Hospital

Ken Inouye

Inouye, Shively & Longtin

Minzah Malik

Hoag Hospital Community Medicine

Frank Marmolejo

Irvine Valley College (Ret.) and Historian

Bill Wood

PacifiCare Health System

Christian Lopez

Student

Destiny Lopez

Student

Karen Stoyanoff

Unitarian Universalist Curch

Simei Yeh

Ajit Singh Thind

Christopher Garcia

Adriana Collins

UCI, School of Nursing

Gigi Elmasry

Orange County's Credit Union

Rebecca Esparza

Community Volunteer

Sumita Furlong

UCI, Office of the Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability