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We believe that ALL people should live free of violence and discrimination.

Homeless Shelter Approved

Click the video above to hear from our CEO, Rusty Kennedy.

Our Outstanding Founder Recognized
We are proud to announce that our CEO, Rusty Kennedy, received this year's Outstanding Founder recognition at the 30th annual National Philanthropy Day┬« Awards Luncheon presented by the Orange County Association of Fundraising Professionals. Rusty joined other incredible local volunteers, philanthropists and organizations being honored, like our Community Partners Donnie Crevier and Kia Motors America. Congratulations to everyone who was recognized for their dedication and generosity to enrich the quality of our community!   Click here to learn more...

OC Human Relations Commissioner, 
Irvine Police Chief, Dave Maggard Retires

OC Human Relations is extremely grateful for Irvine Chief Dave Maggard's meaningful partnership over the last ten years to build an Orange County where ALL people can live free from prejudice, discrimination, intolerance and violence. Chief Maggard served on our OC Human Relations Commission and served as a valuable bridge between the police and the community.

We thank you, Chief Maggard, for your decade of service, helping to create safe and inclusive schools and communities!

Celebrate with us December 10th at our annual Winter Wassail.
RSVP by 12/3 to  
melisa@ochumanrelations.org or call (714) 480-6575
Students Experience Empathy at 27th Annual 
Walk in My Shoes Youth Conference 
On November 13th, OC Human Relations hosted the 27th annual Walk In My Shoes Youth Conference at California State University, Fullerton. With the theme  "Raise Your Voice, Take a Stand",   the 500 local high school students in attendance were engaged in a variety of human relations themed workshops to inspire change in their communities. The day featured artist and activist Ise Lyfe, thoughtful workshops and fun entertainment for the students.  Walk In My Shoes will be held again in 2016 for middle school students in March of the new year.
High school and corporate volunteers supported the Walk In My Shoes event throughout the day. The conference featured workshops related to school violence prevention, the school-to-prison pipeline, relationship violence, media literacy for young women, human trafficking and healthy eating, among others. OC Human Relations' student Board member Christian Lopez gave a presentation on inclusion and awareness related to disabilities and special needs. The event also included a police and community-building circle, in addition to a teacher-focused workshop on an inclusive approach to addressing LGBTQ, family and gender diversity, bias-based name calling in schools. Click here to see more photos. Special thanks to www.janandtey.com for the photography.

Featured Volunteer:
Sean Thomas, OC Human Relations Board Treasurer

Sean Thomas has spent his life standing up for others. He is the kind of person who proves there are people who really do care. Sean is the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for OC Human Relations. However, this is just a small part of his role with the organization. He devotes much of his time to volunteering, mediating and participating in events for the organization in order to build a stronger community, and pursue equality and understanding so that we can all live more peaceful lives.  Click Here to Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation Training Launched

Our Dispute Resolution Program is growing!  Kathy Shimizu Family  Mediation Program  Coordinator , recently developed and delivered two new 40-Hour Divorce Mediation Trainings for mediators and family support providers to advance their skills this year. Through the training, participants gained knowledge and skills to enable them to work successfully with divorcing couples. 

Congratulations to the graduates of our most recent training:  Lisa Bender, Kenneth Cook, Del Adey-Jones, Jason Kerstetter, Susi Phillips, Alex Sannikov, Paddi Sharifian,  Cisca Stellhorn, Quang Duc Tran,  Alice Young, Allison Zieman. Click here to learn more about the training.

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