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Human Relations Task Force/ Community Workshops
Posted 5/14/19

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May 14, 2019

As you know, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has partnered with Orange County Human Relations (OCHR) to lead the district’s Human Relations Task Force (HRTF). Below please find a brief recap of the May 8 meeting, which included the development of norms and guidelines for task force members, and outline on how the group will proceed in addressing issues to improve human relations throughout the district.

  • The HRTF provided direction for OCHR to formulate key themes/topics using the thought wall activity input from the March 27 meeting

  • The HRTF would like to create subcommittees for specific themes/topics once they are defined

  • The two-hour meeting time seems too short and additional meeting times or longer meeting times were proposed, but not agreed upon

The next HRTF meeting on May 22 will focus on the following:

  • Review key themes/topics as generated through analysis by OCHR

  • Assess the formation of subcommittees to review and research specific themes/topics

  • Continue the discussion and develop a consensus on the possible need for longer meetings and/or additional meetings

  • Identify topics for future community workshops

The next Community Workshop is on May 29, the topic will be Becoming an Ally: Promoting Respect and Inclusivity for All.

The district has and will continue to send reminders and meeting recaps to the school community via the following methods: email to all parents, email to all staff, news item on district and all school websites, and distribution to news media. The district will expand its communication to include district social media (Facebook and twitter).

Please visit the newsfeed on the district website www.nmusd.us for more information.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.

As a reminder, below is a list of the dates for the Human Relations Task Force meetings and Community Workshops. Everyone is welcome to attend either.

HRTF Meetings and Community Workshops Schedule


April 29, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District hosts first community workshop as part of the Human Relations Task Force

As part of Newport-Mesa Unified School District's (NMUSD) Human Relations Task Force (HRTF), the district has partnered with the Anti-Defamation League, who is leading various community workshops about anti-Semitism and hate. The workshops are open to everyone that is interested in attending.

The first workshop (hosted on April 25) was interactive and engaging, focusing on key implicit bias concepts, such as the influence of bias and its effects on interactions and decision-making. It also explored effective interpersonal approaches to minimize and respond to bias.

The workshop guided participants through a journey of personal exploration for an awareness of the shortcuts and subsequent perceptions we make about people and our surroundings. Participants discussed bias, emotional intelligence and leadership. A recap of the workshop will be presented at the next HRTF meeting.   


April 19, 2019

Human Relations Task Force - April 17 Meeting Recap

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) hosted the first task force meeting on April 17 regarding the creation of a Human Relations Task Force (HRTF).

At the meeting attendees reviewed the input that was received at the March 27 meeting, surrounding topics about:

  • What groups/communities should be represented
  • Qualities of the ideal HRTF member/Commitment to Participate Form
  • Goals of the HRTF
  • Issues and Concerns that HRTF should consider addressing

The input and thoughts provided at the March 27 HRTF meeting were available to review at the April 17 HRTF meeting and will also be available at the May 8 HRTF meeting.

Discussion topics for the May 8 HRTF meeting will be the goals of the HRTF and to start looking at the list of issues and concerns that the HRTF should consider addressing, with the objective of developing action items for the consideration of the Board of Education.

The High School Principals also had the opportunity to share what current initiatives are already taking place at their school site to build a culture of safety, respectfulness, and inclusivity.

Next Steps:

  • HRTF will meet for approximately six months.
  • Commitment to Participate Form is now available and will also be available at the next meeting on May 8.
    • The form is an acknowledgment of your willingness to serve on the Task Force and understanding of member expectation. All that are interested in participating will be accepted.
  • The first community workshop meeting will be on April 24 and the topic covered will be Implicit Bias (link flyer). The Anti-Defamation League will be leading the May 29 community workshop, the topic will be selected using data collected from the April 17 HRTF meeting survey and the work done at the next HRTF meeting on May 8.

Spanish Forms:

Formulario de Compromiso de Participación

Volante del primer taller communitario en el tema de los Sesgos Implícitos


April 10, 2019

The Human Relations Task Force Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 17 from 6 – 8 p.m. in the Sanborn Assembly Room (Newport-Mesa Unified School District – 2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626). Spanish interpretation and childcare will be available.

A Commitment to Participate Form will be available at the meeting on April 17 and online following the meeting. Please see below for a link to a draft of the Commitment to Participate Form. The form is an acknowledgment of your willingness to serve on the Task Force. It will be reviewed at the meeting to ensure that participants have a full understanding of member expectation.

Draft of the Commitment to Participate Form

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has partnered with Orange County Human Relations, to lead the district’s Human Relations Task Force (HRTF). Please see below for a link to the HRTF informational meeting recap.

HRTF informational meeting recap - English

HRTF informational meeting recap - Spanish

For updated information visit the newsfeed on the district website www.nmusd.us.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


April 3, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) has partnered with Orange County Human Relations, to lead the district's Human Relations Task Force (HRTF).  NMUSD hosted an informational meeting on March 27th regarding the creation of a HRTF. Please see below for a link to the HRTF informational meeting recap.

HRTF informational meeting recap - English

HRTF informational meeting recap - Spanish

Questions may be directed to Dr. Kirk Bauermeister, NMUSD executive director of secondary education at 714-424-7516 or kbauermeister@nmusd.us.


March 15, 2019

Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) will host an informational meeting on March 27th regarding the creation of a Human Relations Task Force to create a greater level of cultural understanding and acceptance that appreciates and celebrates the diversity throughout our community.

NMUSD will partner with Orange County Human Relations, which has trained mediators who specialize in building communities to foster respect, resolving conflict and pursuing equality. Orange County Human Relations has supported NMUSD schools to build campus environments that are respectful of diversity, where all students, staff, and parents feel safe, welcome and respected. They also work with school districts to develop and manage task forces that define and develop courses of action for improved school and community culture.  

While details of the task force are yet to be determined, students, staff, parents, community members, and community organizations are invited to the informational meeting.

Human Relations Task Force
Informational Meeting

March 27, 2019

6:30 pm

Newport-Mesa Unified School District
(Sanborn Building)
2985 Bear Street, Sanborn Assembly Room
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Spanish interpretation and childcare will be available.

Contact the office of Secondary Education, if you have any questions at 714-424-7551.