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May 2, 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 Minutes

4.      Announcements

5.      Presentation: Barry Nelson, Healthy Community Initiative

6.      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

7.      Funding Requests 

8.      Public Comment (12:15)

9.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda

10.    Adjourn


Fargo Human Relations Commission
Regular Meeting
City Commission Room, Fargo City Hall


1.        Welcome and Introductions (11:35 a.m.)
Chair Kobrinsky called the meeting to order and introductions were made. Commissioners present were Alisha Ankers, Amy Phillips, Fowzia Adde, Hatem Nour, Janeen Kobrinsky, Joy Rice, and Prairie Rose.  Commissioners absent were Chuck Stebbins and Yoke Sim Gunaratne.

2.        Approval of Agenda (11:37 a.m.)
Prairie Rose moved to approve the agenda as presented.  Second by Phillips.  All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

3.        Approval of Minutes (11:39 a.m.)
Phillips moved to approve the minutes as presented.  Second by Adde.  All members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

4.        Announcements (11:41 a.m.)
There were no announcements.

5.       Presentation: Barry Nelson, Healthy Community Initiative (11:43 a.m.)
Barry Nelson, Director of the Moorhead Healthy Community Initiative (MHCI) presented information on the Healthy Communities Initiative and encouraged the Fargo Human Relations Commission to get involved and support the programs.  Barry gave handouts on the MHCI and the Search Institute.

The MHCI was created in 1994 by a group of Moorhead citizens committed to establishing an organization dedicated to healthy youth development.  Using the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets model as a framework, the MHCI is the second Healthy Community-Healthy Youth initiative in the nation.  Seeing a spike in risk-taking behaviors, Dr. Peter Benson, President of Search Institute, came up with the 40 Developmental Assets identified as building blocks of healthy development that help young children grow healthy, caring, and responsible.  Research finds that young people with more assets are less likely to engage in patterns of high-risk behavior and are more likely to have positive attitudes and behaviors and make better decisions.

The MHCI’s hope is to expand the healthy community into Fargo, West Fargo, and surrounding regions.  The vision is that the surrounding regions will collaborate to provide all youth with the necessary assets to be healthy, productive, and successful.  Needs to focus on include mentorship recruitment, encouraging adults to become involved with children, mobilizing young people to use their assets, activating all sectors of the community, invigorate programs for children, and influence leaders to leverage financial, media, and policy resources in support of this initiative.

Nelson stated that a survey will be conducted with 17,000+ kids in grades 4 through 12 to determine strengths (assets) and how we can help build healthy kids. The survey is not mandatory, respondents will remain anonymous, and help will be given in special circumstances to complete the survey. The Search Institute will analyze the data and post results in August.
At the present time, Moorhead’s initiative has seen strong support.  Neighborhood block clubs have been created, scholarship programs have been designed to help children who otherwise could not participate in activities become involved, and mentorship and recruitment programs have been established.  To contact the Healthy Community Initiative, interested individuals can call 299-5437 or visit the website at  Information is also available from the Search Institute at 877-240-7251 or online at

6.        FHRC Activities Plan (12:02 p.m.)
Goal 1: Public inquiries and discrimination complaints 
An update was given stating the Fargo Human Relations Commission (FHRC) will continue to monitor inquiries and discrimination complaints, both informal and official.  The FHRC takes initial action by making a referral and recording the complaint.  The complaint is then reviewed by the Executive Committee and further action is taken, if necessary. 

Mahli presented a summary of every complaint to date by legal basis (protected class) and coverage.  The FHRC asked for a list of each individual complaint broken down by protected class.  Adde suggested creating a letter of permission from the party filing the complaint that would authorize the FHRC to share the information.  The next Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for May 16, 12:00 p.m. at the Green Market.

Goal 2: Know Your Rights Initiative (12:10 p.m., 12:16 p.m.)
The FHRC thanked the students involved in the Know Your Rights Initiative for their work and research to make the resource cards a reality.  The creation of the cards is a response to the issues that are found in the public inquiries and discrimination complaints filed with the FHRC.  The plan is to have a news conference/kick off event to release the 4 cards. The FHRC then talked about hiring an intern to work on human relations issues.  According to Mahli, the first step is to write a job description.  The next Know Your Rights Initiative meeting is scheduled for May 24 at noon in the Valley Room.

Goal 3: Acceptance and respect for diversity efforts (12: 25 p.m.)
A FHRC working group has been talking with the engineering firm working on the 12th Avenue North project to possibly name the bridge after Gladys Ray. Mahli suggested writing a formal request to the ND Department of Transportation.  The Commission agreed. 

7.  Funding Requests (12:28 p.m.)
There were no funding requests.

8. Public Comment (12:15 p.m.)
There were no public comments.

9.  Other Business not Listed on the Agenda (12:30 p.m.)
Mahli mentioned the July FHRC meeting is scheduled for July 4.  Ankers suggested holding a follow-up to the FHRC retreat in July. 

Phillips thanked everyone that responded so quickly to the reported hate crime on the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus.

10.  Adjourn
The meeting adjourned at 12:30 p.m.