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Wednesday, July 2, 2008, 12:00 P.M.

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


1.      Welcome and Introductions

2.      Approval of Agenda

3.      Approval of May 7th Minutes

4.      Discussion

               Welcome new commissioners

5.      Presentation:  Dawn Morgan, women and minorities in leadership

6.      Public Inquiries and Discrimination Complaints 

7.      Funding Requests

8.      Public Comment (12:15)

9.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda

10.    Adjourn



Regular Meeting: Wednesday: July 2, 2008:

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Human Relations Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 12:00 o'clock p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2008.

The Human Relations Commissioners present or absent were as shown following:

Present:      Fowzia Adde, Hatem Nour, Mitch Marr, Prairie Rose, Lori Brownshield, Amy Jacobson, Joy Rice

Absent:      Joshua Boshchee, Yoke Sim Gunaratne

Chair Prairie Rose called the meeting to order.

Item 1.       Welcome and Introductions
(12:03 p.m.) All Members stated their names and were welcomed to the meeting.

Item 2.      Approve Order of Agenda
(12:04 p.m.) Chair Prairie Rose added an item to the agenda pertaining to the Know Your Rights (KYR) Initiative. Hatem Nour moved to approve the agenda as amended. Second by Fowzia Adde. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3.      Approval of Minutes:  Regular Meeting of May 7, 2008
(12:04 p.m.) Mr. Nour moved to approve the minutes of the May 7, 2008 meeting as presented. Second by Mitch Marr. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4.      Discussion - New Commissioners
(12:05 p.m.) Chair Prairie Rose asked the current Members to introduce themselves to the new Members. The new Members then introduced themselves. Lori Brownshield stated she is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner at Prairie St. Johns. She added she has previously served on the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition (NDHRC). The second new Member, Amy Jacobsen, stated she works with Planned Parenthood and is on the Board of Human Voters.

Item 5.      Presentation - Dawn Morgan, Women and Minorities in Leadership
(12:08 p.m.) Presenting for Dawn Morgan, Ginny Duval spoke to the Commission on women and minorities in leadership. Ms. Duval stated she has run for the North Dakota State House and has served on the NDHRC. She stated there is a need for women in leadership and continued saying women need to be asked to run and then supported in their decisions. Sometimes, she noted, women are more qualified than they realize. She added there are groups in the community that appreciate when their employees run for office.

Ms. Duval raised the concern that there seems to be a limit on how far women can go, which seems like an issue for human rights. She then listed numerous organizations that have been working to establish leadership roles for women; organizations such as: The League of Women’s Voters, Camp Wellstone, the Tri-college New Leadership Institute at Minnesota State University Moorhead, math and science programs for children at NDSU, and Digi-Girls through Microsoft.  She stated these programs work on self-esteem and teach girls and women coping skills and promote careers. 

Chair Prairie Rose added that these resources aide in more than just running for office, they give women the steps to start learning and making changes. She stated it’s about getting information to the public and having a support network in the community.

Mitch Marr suggested bringing ideas and contacts for leadership opportunities to this Commission.

Joy Rice added that Girl Scouts is an organization that teaches leadership and gets involved in the community. She stated they teach courage, confidence, and character for girls/women from kindergarten to age 18.

Fowzia Adde suggested the Commission organize and support leadership opportunities for women and minorities with funding, for example, bring the Wellstone training here to focus on women’s desires to go in office.

Item 6.      Public Inquiries and Discrimination Complaints 
(12:25 p.m.) No new inquiries and/or discrimination complaints have been filed.

Item 7.      Funding Requests
(12:26 p.m.) Nate Bailly stated two funding requests have been submitted to the Human Relations Commission and he presented information on both. He stated the first request comes from Cultural Diversity Resources for their first Diversity Conference being held on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. Yoke Sim Gunaratne, Cultural Diversity Resources Executive Director, has suggested that two Human Relations Commissioners attend the conference.

Mr. Bailly then presented the second funding request from the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and the Professional Issues Conference inviting the Human Relations Commission to be a sponsor of the annual conference “Classroom to Community: Collaborating for Human Rights” on Friday and Saturday, October 10 and 11, 2008 at North Dakota State University.

Mr. Bailly also announced the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons, Inc. is creating a documentary project showing the reality of homelessness in the area. The Coalition stated this project can be completed with the Human Relations Commission’s help. Mr. Bailly suggested the Commission be a part of this event.

Chair Prairie Rose noted that the Commission will apply a $200 funding limit on requests but each request needs to be voted on.

In answer to Mitch Marr’s question, Hatem Nour answered that the Budget Committee can and should preferably make funding decisions to efficiently use the Human Relations Commission’s time.

Chair Prairie Rose tabled the FM Coalition for Homeless Persons, Inc. funding request until the next subcommittee meeting. Due to time restrictions, she stated the Diversity Conference needs to be decided on. Joy Rice and Amy Jacobson expressed interest in attending the conference.

Mitch Marr moved to award the NDHRC and the Professional Issues Conference $100 and have two Human Relations Commission Members attend. Second by Hatem Nour. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 8.      Public Comment (12:15)
No public comments were brought forth.

Item 9.      Other Business not Listed on the Agenda
(12:40 p.m.) Chair Prairie Rose updated the new Members on the Know Your Rights Initiative. She stated opportunities have been created from the program and invited the Members to continue to work on the initiative.

The time at adjournment was 12:43 o’clock p.m.