Events Calendar

Walk In My Shoes Jr. @ UCI Student Center
Mar 28 @ 7:45 am – 1:30 pm

30th Annual BRIDGES Youth Conference for Jr. High School Students

University of California, Irvine
Program: 8:30a.m.-1:30p.m.
Registration Begins at 7:45a.m.
BRIDGES Youth Conference offers over two dozen dynamic, thought provoking workshops addressing human relations issues through interactive skill-building workshops, theater, panel discussions, and presentations by students and community organizers.
Stay tuned for registration information and more details.
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An Interfaith Conversation: Finding Common Ground in Divided Times @ Christ Our Redeemer AME Church
Mar 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
An Interfaith Conversation: Finding Common Ground in Divided Times @ Christ Our Redeemer AME Church

ASSEMBLYWOMAN COTTIE PETRIE-NORRIS invites you to join our interfaith conversation and support the healing process, build empathy, promote respect and examine potential legislative solutions.

Interfaith Leaders Panel:
Lisa Armony – Director, Rose Project of Jewish Federation & Family Services
Laura Kanter – Director of Policy, Advocacy, and Youth Programs LGBTQ Center
Farrah Khan – Executive Director, Newport, Costa Mesa, Irvine Interfaith Council
Rev. Mark Whitlock – Senior Pastor Christ Our Redeemer AME Church
Alison Edwards, Moderator – CEO, OC Human Relations

Interfaith Network | OC Human Relations

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César Chávez Day
Mar 31 all-day
César Chávez Day

Cesar Chavez Day is a federal commemorative holiday in the U.S. by proclamation of President Obama in 2014. César Chávez Day is observed on March 31 each year. It celebrates the birthday of César Estrada Chávez and it serves as a tribute to his commitment to social justice and respect for human dignity.  It is an official state holiday in six states: Arizona, California, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, and Wisconsin.

National Volunteer Week
Apr 7 all-day
National Volunteer Week

April 7 – 13, 2019
National volunteer week, usually held in the third week of April unless the spring religious holidays coincide, has been celebrated annually since the 1970s.  President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an executive order in 1974, as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has issued a proclamation during National Volunteer Week
National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It’s about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

National Volunteer Week is about taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change – discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.
National Volunteer Week, a program of Points of Light, was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week.

Learn more about National Volunteer Week

Everyday RJ Training @ OC Human Relations
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – Apr 27 @ 4:00 pm
Everyday RJ Training @ OC Human Relations

The Everyday RJ training is an introductory training in restorative justice and tools for building and maintaining community.

Day 1 will aim to help participants learn how to lead community building circles to help build stronger communities through storytelling, dialogue and open conversations.

Day 2 will introduce the group to the practice of restorative communication which combines interpersonal communication techniques of affective language (I-Messages), active listening, and restorative questions to create opportunities for respectful, reflective engagement during times of conflict and challenge.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May 1 all-day
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Mental Health Awareness Month
May 1 all-day
Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as “Mental Health Month”) has been observed in May in the United States since 1949, reaching millions of people in the United States through the media, local events, and screenings.  During the 1960’s, this annual, weekly campaign was upgraded to a monthly one with May the designated month.

Mental Health Awareness month has a goal of building public recognition about the importance of mental health to overall health and wellness; informing people of the ways that the mind and body interact with each other; and providing tips and tools for taking positive actions to protect mental health and promote whole health.

Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Month

OC Human Relations Annual Awards Banquet @ The Grove of Anaheim
May 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thursday, May 2, 2019
OC Human Relations AWARDS 2019
Annual Dinner & Fundraiser at The City National Grove of Anaheim

The 2019 Award Recipients include:

Diverse Community Leader Awards
Tony Ortuño
Orange County Community Foundation and OC Opportunity Initiative

Community Policing Award
Commander Chuck Elms, Santa Ana Police Department

Outstanding BRIDGES School Award
Fountain Valley High School

Distinguished Business Award
Medtronic Brain Therapies

Special kNOwHate Award
A.C. Thompson

Learn more at our Awards Website

40-Hour Basic Mediation Training Begins @ OC Human Relations Offices
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

The 40-Hour Basic Mediation training is presented by OC Human Relations mediation professionals and is composed of 5 8-hour sessions.

Mediation is a voluntary method of dispute resolution in which the parties settle their dispute with the aid of a trained mediator or a co-mediator team. Agreements are reached through effective communication, negotiation, compromise and exploration of options. Any dispute may be brought to mediation as long as both sides agree to attempt a mediated solution. If you are interested in becoming involved in casework in mediation and conciliation, you must complete this certification training.

For more information, click here.

May 2019 Schedule
5/09/19 (Thurs.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
5/10/19 (Fri.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
5/11/19 (Sat.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
5/17/19 (Fri.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
5/18/19 (Sat.) 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Jun 19 all-day

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas. This day is an opportunity for people to celebrate freedom and equal rights.  Juneteenth is a partial or full state holiday, or an official observance in at least 42 US states and the District of Columbia.   Typically, a range of public, community and private events are held to celebrate Juneteenth, often on a weekend close to June 19.

Learn about the history of Juneteenth

World Refugee Day
Jun 20 all-day
World Refugee Day

The UN General Assembly, on 4 December 2000, adopted resolution 55/76 where it noted that 2001 marked the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, and that the Organization of African Unity (OAU) had agreed to have International Refugee Day coincide with Africa Refugee Day on 20 June.

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.  One in every 113 people on the planet is now a refugee. Around the world, someone is displaced every three seconds, forced from their homes by violence, war and persecution. By the end of 2016, the number of displaced people had risen to 65.6 million – more than the population of the United Kingdom.

“Refugees are people like anyone else, like you and me. They led ordinary lives before becoming displaced, and their biggest dream is to be able to live normally again. On this World Refugee Day, let us recall our common humanity, celebrate tolerance and diversity and open our hearts to refugees everywhere.” – Ban Ki-moon

Learn more at UN World Refugee Day

BRIDGES Youth Leadership Institute
Jun 24 – Jun 28 all-day

The BRIDGES Youth Leadership Institute is a week-long, day camp that brings together OC youth from diverse backgrounds to participate in activities, dialogues and skill building exercises about human relations and social justice issues. Students learn the skills to organize youth, take a stand against hate and injustice and create schools and communities that are safe and equitable for ALL.

The camps are offered to Orange County high school students who have been active members in their school’s BRIDGES Program (or other Human Relations-type program) and who want to play a leadership role in the future.  Camp graduates commit to work to empower new leaders and thereby improve the Human Relations Program at their schools.    

For more details and application forms see: BRIDGES YOUTH LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE