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September 5th, 2007, 11:30 a.m.

Human Relations Commission Agenda
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall

1.      Welcome and Introductions
2.      Approval of Agenda
3.      Approval of August 1st Minutes
4.      Announcements
               a.      Meet Sept 25th with Maria Flores, EEOC?
5.      Presentation: Hatidza Asovic, Metro Interpretive Resource Center
6.      Discuss MLK Committee
7.      Discuss potential for working with Native American Commission
8.      Demonstration of online inquiry form
9.      ND Human Relations Conference, Janeen to attend Oct 19th roundtable.
10.      FHRC Activities Plan 
               a.      Goal 1: Public inquiries and discrimination complaints  
               b.      Goal 2: Know Your Rights Initiative
               c.      Goal 3: Acceptance and respect for diversity efforts
11.      Funding Requests 
               a.      Farmer’s Market Roundtable (Immigrant Development Center)
12.      Public Comment (12:15)
13.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda
14.      Adjourn

 

Human Relations Commission
Regular Meeting

Present: Joshua Boschee, Hatem Nour, Janeen Kobrinsky, Joy Rice, Prairie Rose, Yoke Sim Gunaratne
Absent: Amy Phillips, Chuck Stebbins, Fowzia Adde
Staff Present: Dan Mahli, Nate Bailly, Hali Durand

Chair Prairie Rose called the meeting to order (11:30 a.m.)

1.      Welcome and Introductions (11:31 a.m.)
Chair Prairie Rose welcomed the Commissioners and newly appointed Commissioner Boschee and introductions were made.

2.      Approval of Agenda (11:31 a.m.)
Bailly added a funding request from the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition. He also added two additional announcements to the agenda.

Kobrinsky moved to approve the agenda with the above listed additions. Second by Rice. All Commissioners present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

3.      Approval of August 1st Minutes (11:34 a.m.)
Kobrinsky moved to approve the August minutes as presented. Second by Rice. All Commissioners present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

4.      Announcements (11:35 a.m.)
a.      Meet Sept 25th with Maria Flores, EEOC
No time and place has been set up as of yet. This will be a unique opportunity for the Commission to meet with the EEOC and discuss pertinent topics and ways to collaborate.

b.      Wilder Study Presentation
The Wilder Research Center will be giving a presentation on the status of homelessness in the Fargo-Moorhead area on Thursday, September 20 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served and attendees will receive detailed summaries of the survey results and a report on the State of the Homelessness in Fargo and Moorhead along with other relevant information. Let Bailly or Mahli know if you are interested in attending.
 
c.      Hispanic Heritage Month

Bailly also presented a handout on Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15 to October 15.

5.      Presentation: Hatidza Asovic, Metro Interpretive Resource Center (11:45 a.m.)
Asovic, coordinator of the Metro Interpretive Resource Center, gave a history of the center and information on the services that the center provides.

The project was originally created to meet the needs of the community. The interpretive center is funded by the city governments of Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo; Cass County; and the Fargo, Moorhead, and West Fargo school districts.

The goal is to provide trained and certified interpreters for member agencies use. The center provides testing and 22 hours of training twice a year.
 
6.      Discuss MLK Committee (11:38 a.m.)
The Martin Luther King event has been scheduled for January 21st at the Fargo Theater. Mahli hopes that commissioners that served on the committee will serve again this year. He hopes to have a meeting scheduled sometime in October to plan for the event. Invitations will be sent to the same community representatives this year. The nomination forms are still available online. It is hoped to get youth nominations in the schools as well.

Meyers also volunteered to help with the Martin Luther King event.

Notices will be sent out for the next MLK committee meeting.

7.      Discuss potential for working with Native American Commission (11:52 a.m.)
Prairie Rose was voted as an ex-officio for the Native American Commission. This is an opportunity to create a link to the Human Relations Commission. The position is also a permanent one. Once Prairie Rose has served her term another Human Relations Commission member will be voted in.

Prairie Rose will give updates as they apply to the Human Relations Commission.

8.      Demonstration of online inquiry form (11:55 a.m.)
Bailly gave an update of the anonymous human rights incident form that will be online. This allows those who have been discriminated against or those who are victim to hate crimes, report the incident. As per the discussion, changes to the form will be completed for the next meeting.

It was suggested to have an automated reply or a written letter sent stating
that the form has been received. Nour also suggested having a possible follow-up form to present.

This can be an item of discussion in October when the Human Relations Commission meets with the Labor Commission.

9.      ND Human Relations Conference, Janeen to attend Oct 19th roundtable (12:10 p.m.)
Prairie Rose will attend in place of Janeen.

10.      FHRC Activities Plan (12:11 p.m.)
a.      Goal 1: Public inquiries and discrimination complaints

Please refer to Item 8 in the minutes.

b.      Goal 2: Know Your Rights Initiative
Bailly stated that the Law Enforcement cards and Credit Information cards are near completion. Students will help distribute the cards when ready. Samples will be brought to the Human Relations Commission once completed. Gunaratne also noted that service providers should be supplied with the cards as well. The Know Your Rights cards are also/will be online.

c.      Goal 3: Acceptance and respect for diversity efforts
A Hate Crime prevention meeting will be scheduled.

11.      Funding Requests (12:18 p.m.)
a.      Farmer’s Market Roundtable (Immigrant Development Center)

An addendum was made to the previous request to clarify how the request falls within the Commission’s criteria. Adde further expanded the nature of the request to emphasize the focus on diversity that the roundtable would bring in the FM area.

Kobrinsky moved to fund the Farmer’s Market Roundtable (Immigrant Development Center) at the Hjemkomst Center. Second by Rice.

Discussion on the motion: It was discussed that since the event is being held in Moorhead, Adde could request part of the funding come from the Moorhead Human Relations Commission. If this is not agreed, then the Fargo Human Relations would pick up the full cost.

The motion was then amended to state that the Fargo Human Relations Commission will fund the Farmer’s Market Roundtable with the contingency that if the Moorhead Human Relations Commission will not split the funding request, the Fargo Human Relations Commission will fund the complete amount. All Commissioners present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

b.      Cheryl Bergian from the NDHRC completed a sponsorship application to apply for City of Fargo Human Relations Commission sponsorship funds for a 2 day conference in human rights issued in North Dakota.
The project is “The Human Rights Umbrella: Removing Barriers to Full Participation” and is in combination with the NDHRC and Professional Issues Conference, held October 19 and 20 at the memorial union on the NDSU campus.

It was decided that even if an application is declared a line item, an application still needs to be completed. Registration and publicity fees are separate, however. Applications might be changed as necessary to not show requested amounts.

Commissioner Boschee, co-chair of each participant, stated the conference is also a way to promote issues for the GLTB community as well.

A suggestion was made to receive our account balance so that funding decisions can be made based on that information.

Kobrinsky moved to support the NDHRC conference and award $500. Second by Nour. All Commissioners were in favor and the motion was declared carried.

12.      Public Comment (12:15)
No public comments were made.

13.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda (12:40 p.m.)
Mahli introduced Evie Meyers (11:42 a.m.) Evie is replacing Sandra Holbrook at the NDSU Equal Employment Opportunity office.

Mahli also suggested the group give newly appointed Boschee an orientation and update him on the various areas that he can be part of. It will be added to the agenda of the next executive committee meeting.

The shelter is searching for an Executive Director to oversee the operations of the shelter for approximately 25 individuals per day. If you know of anyone or are interested in this position, please contact the office at 701-241-1474.

Kobrinsky announced that the Abrahamic Faith Group is presenting a peace day in coalition with the Lutheran ministries Friday the 21st at NDSU.

A visit to the local jail is also being held tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

14.      Adjourn (12:50 p.m.)
The time at adjournment was 11:50 a.m.