Diversity and Social Justice Local Resources and Partners

Local Resources and Partners

Illumination Foundation

The Illumination Foundation provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless clients to break or prevent the cycle of homelessness.

OC Human Relations Commission

OC Human Relations is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency whose mission is to foster mutual understanding among residents and eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination in order to make Orange County a better place for ALL people to live, work and do business.

OMID, Multicultural Institute for Development

OMID provides Mental Health and Social Services to Persian and other recent immigrant students and families. Available for Professional Development lectures on Iranian/Persian culture and related issues.

Orange County/Long Beach Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League works on the mission of combating hate through education. Its programs provide anti-bias education and training with curriculums and materials available for Pre-K through university students, community groups, corporations, civic associations, religious organizations and law enforcement agencies.

Project Hope Alliance

The Project Hope Alliance exists to end family homelessness through exceptional education and financial stability.  The programs funded by the Project Hope Alliance eliminate the barriers homeless students experience that prevent them from attending and succeeding in school, and increase family stability by moving homeless families into permanenthousing.

The Center Orange County

For 40 years The Center OC has been advocating on behalf of the Orange County LGBT community, working to ensure its well-being through a wide variety of programs and services.

​Waste Not OC Coalition

The Waste Not OC Coalition is striving to end food insecurities in Orange County by focusing on food recovery from local grocers and restaurants, increasing dissemination through new distribution sites and supporting programs through training and education.  The wastenotoc.org website provides a map of all local food pantries, food insecurity facts, current projects and ways to get involved.

OCDE Resources and Focuses

School Climate, Lucy Vezzuto, Ph.D., Regional Student Mental Health Initiative
School Climate, Dori Barnett, Ed.D and Pam Tupy, PBIS Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Multicultural Arts in the Classroom, Jim Thomas, Visual and Performance Arts
Student Engagement, Myrtice Rowe, Orange County AVID
Cyberbullying, Christine Laehle, MPH, School Safety
EL Support, Seal of Biliteracy and Dual Immersion, Stacey Larson-Everson, Support for Specialized Instruction
Homeless Education, Jeanne Awrey, OCDE Homeless Education Assistance Act
ACCESS Homeless Educational Services, Wendy Rogan.

Other Resources:

Teaching Tolerance: Southern Poverty Law Center’s resources for schools and teachers.
Welcoming Schools Human Rights Campaign Foundation: ​​Welcoming schools offers professional development tools, lessons aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and many additional resources for elementary schools on embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping and affirming gender, and avoiding bullying and name-calling.
Pacific Education Group: Provides consulting services for schools and school districts on racial and ethnic equity and minority academic achievement gap related issues. Offers free webinars on various related topics.