Huntington Beach Human Relations Committee (HBHRC)

"…everyone should be treated with courtesy and respect, regardless of their racial background, their nation of origin, the religion they practice, their sexual orientation, gender or disability status. It is the right of all citizens to pursue their daily lives with the knowledge that they will not be physically harmed or verbally abused."

Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity, City of Huntington Beach, 1996

Vision

Huntington Beach is a community where all people feel respected, valued, and free from discrimination and violence. 

Mission

The Huntington Beach Human Relations Committee (HRHRC), formerly known as Human Relations Task Force, inspires and promotes mutual understanding, respect, safety and the well-being of all in our community through education and engagement.

Background

On May 6, 1996, the City of Huntington Beach City Council unanimously adopted a Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity, which prompted the creation of the HRTF in 1997. Ten years later, at the February 6, 2006, City Council meeting, the City Council reaffirmed the Declaration and recognized the work of the HRTF by publicly signing a new proclamation. 

On November 16, 2021, the City Council approved the reconstitution and renaming of the Human Relations Task Force to the Huntington Beach Human Relations Committee (HBHRC) as well as the official adoption of the updated Declaration of Policy on Human Dignity. 

The Huntington Beach community-wide effort to promote human dignity is an important element in building a better community. Today, the HBHRC works closely with the Police Department to strictly enforce and monitor all incidents that could be classified as hate crimes and hate incidents. Huntington Beach places a high priority on investigating and reporting these types of crimes immediately to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Human Relations Commission. The HBHRC discusses preventative actions and develops programs to encourage community education, interaction and relationship building.

HBHRC meetings are publicly noticed per the California public meeting law (the Brown Act). Two City Council members also serve as liaisons to HBHRC to facilitate council-task force communications and updates. 

Partnerships

Upcoming Events

You're invited to join us on these exciting upcoming events in 2022! 

Meeting Dates and Times

The HBHRC meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 6:45 p.m at the City Hall, Lower Level B7.  The public is invited to attend and more information about the meeting can be found on each Agenda. 

Agenda & Minutes

 

Committee Members

Committee Member Date of Appointment Term Expiration
V.C. Rhone, Chair 12/18/2017 12/31/2023
Debbi Parrott, Vice Chair
3/15/2021
12/31/2023
Jonathan Smith, Secretary
10/05/2021
12/31/2023
Elaine Keeley
10/05/2021
12/31/2025
Hemesh Patel
1/21/2020
12/31/2025
Teresa Carlisle
1/21/2020
12/31/2023
Timothy Stuart 1/21/2020 12/31/2023
Iliana Velazquez 1/18/2022 12/31/2025
Vanessa Chow 6/07/2022 12/31/2025
Council Liaisons
Council Member Natalie Moser 
Council Member Rhonda Bolton 
Staff Liaison
Grace Yoon-Taylor, 714-536-5910
Office of the City Manager

Vacancies

In the event a member retires or is unable to complete his / her term, an appointment shall be made to fill the remainder of the unexpired term.  For any current vacancies, check out the Notice of Vacancies page.  Should one become available, please complete the online Boards & Commission Application.

Programs Overview

TRACKING OF HATE INCIDENTS AND HATE CRIMES
The HBHRC works with the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) to review and follow up on reported hate incidents and hate crimes within the City of Huntington Beach. The HBHRC reviews reports by the HBPD on incidents and criminal investigations, and tracks the progress of hate crimes filed by the HBPD with the Orange County District Attorney’s office.  

To report a hate crime or incident, please call HBPD non-emergency number 714-960-8825 or 911.   You can also report at OC Human Relations confidential hotline at 714-480-6580 or online

CULTURAL CINEMA SHOWCASES
The HBHRC hosts a series of cultural cinema showcases each year in celebration of Black History Month, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, National Hispanic-Latinx Heritage Month, and Native American  - First Nations Heritage Month.  Using the arts as a bridge to promote human dignity, we curate and select a variety of short films - narrative genre, documentary, animation, web/new media/experimental, and super shorts (3 minutes or less) - to share with the local, national and global communities.  For more info, visit http://www.thecinemashowcase.com/

COMMUNITY DIALOGUE SERIES
The HBHRC, in partnership with OC Human Relations, welcomes all Huntington Beach residents to join us for a community dialogue session discussing community solidarity. All views, opinions and perspectives are welcome. The virtual events held in April, May and June were successful. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

HB LISTENS: BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION!
HB Listens is an interactive program focused on bringing people together to engage in positive conversations about a range of topics.

We are pleased to report that the HB Listens event, "HOPE for the Holidays: Hope is Where Our Stories Begin,"on Thursday, December 2nd from 6-8pm via Zoom was a great success. It was an evening of dialogue with HB residents in partnership with Homeless United discussing issues of homelessness with our neighbors and exploring community solutions.  We thanked BK Robinson, author of "Cafe du Jour: Home is Where Your Story Begins" for joining us.  Stay tuned for more in 2022! 

SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Over the years, the HBHRC has worked in partnership with Orange County Human Relations to develop programs at local high schools. Programs have ranged from working with individual students to implementing school-wide diversity and educational training programs. Historically, the HBHRC has also sponsored student field trips to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, California.

Currently, the HBHRC hosts an Annual District-Wide Student Day of Dialogue for students and their advisors from all local high schools within the Huntington Beach Union High School District. The day is facilitated by Orange County Human Relations and includes activities, discussion groups, and planning activities. Students spend the day sharing current human relations issues on their campuses, role-playing, and working together to develop a listing of activities to implement on their campus.

COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP AWARD PROGRAM
In 2017, the HBHRC kicked off its first Community Diversity Student Leadership Award Program. The purpose of the award program is to publicly recognize and award a student that performs a specific act that shows or demonstrates their commitment to promoting diversity at their school. The award program will continue into 2018 for both students and adults.

The 2017 awardee was Linda (Linn) Tang, who has served as president of the Huntington Beach High School Bridges program, and has participated and led several on-campus activities, including “What If Week,” “No Name Calling Week,” and Social Justice Week. Ms. Tang also participated in the Bridges Youth Leadership Camp and Ambassador Program offered by Orange County Human Relations. Ms. Tang’s achievements were honored at the May 17, 2017 City Council meeting.

ANTI-BULLYING RESEARCH and PROCLAMATION
At the request of the Huntington Beach City Council, the HBHRC completed a study on bullying, entitled Bullying: A Report from the Huntington Beach Human Relations Task Force (May 2012). The objective was to evaluate the findings and make a recommendation to the City Council as to whether an ordinance was needed to address the issue specifically. After careful consideration of all of the factors involved, the HBHRC concluded that a specific anti-bullying ordinance was not needed. However, the task force identified a number of interventions related to bullying, including the adoption of a citywide proclamation.

On October 15, 2012, in celebration of National Bullying Prevention month, the City Council signed a Proclamation Against Bullying proclaiming its ongoing commitment to address bullying in all its forms and encouraging schools, students, parents, community organizations, and religious institutions to engage in a variety of awareness and prevention activities designed to make our community safer for all students and all citizens.

Donations

Donations for HBHRC programs, made payable to the City of Huntington Beach, may be sent to:

Huntington Beach Human Relations Committee (HBHRC)  
City of Huntington Beach
c/o City Manager's Office 
P.O. Box 190
Huntington Beach, CA 92648-2702


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