Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion
At the City of Huntington Beach, we strive to meet the highest standard when it comes to establishing diversity, equality, and inclusion within our community.
The City continues to work towards policies and programs to meet this standard and create a welcoming environment where every resident, business owner and visitor is valued and respected. We wish to send the message that we embrace their diverse backgrounds, including ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age and ability. Through open dialogue, the City aims to form new bonds and achieve our goals together as One HB.
Current Policies and Programs:
- Human Relations Task Force
Established by the City of Huntington Beach in 1997, the mission of the Human Relations Task Force is to promote and celebrate diversity in our community through education and understanding. The HRTF has established several programs that celebrate our diverse cultures, including the quarterly Cultural Cinema Showcase, District-Wide Student Day of Dialogue, and Community Summit to share stories and discuss prominent issues of the time.
The Human Relations Task Force meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:45PM. During COVID-19, the Task Force meets via Zoom and more information is available on the Human Relations Task Force website.
- City Council Resolutions
The City Council has passed resolutions in support of diversity, equality and inclusion in Huntington Beach.
Declaration of Policy About Human Dignity
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. The Declaration states that everyone should be treated with courtesy and respect and any acts of hate will not be tolerated. The City Council reaffirms the Declaration at intervals with the latest taking place as recently as 2020 and 2021.
Resolution to Stand In Unity
On June 15, 2020, the City Council adopted a Resolution to Stand Together in Unity as OneHB against all forms of intolerance, racism, and hate. This Resolution was adopted in response to the unconscionable actions of the Minneapolis Police Department that led to the killing of George Floyd. The City stands together in unity with Mr. Floyd’s family, our African American community, all people of color, those who have been marginalized, and those who protest against injustice and intolerance.