Outreach

Vision: Normalize and elevate OHR’s role in community engagement with an equity focus.

Mission: Increase presence of the Office of Human Rights within the community; Create more opportunities for the community to inform county government of best practices.

Purpose: Provide opportunities, experiences, events, and/or workshops for the citizens of Howard County to affirm the inherent value and worth of all people.

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Training

** All training happens on a consistent bases to ensure accessibility and can be specifically requested based on communal needs. If you would like to request a training for a specific cohort, community group, or organization please send your request  to OHRoutreach@howardcountymd.gov **


** The outreach team has developed a virtual and in-person model for all training to accommodate social distancing needs**     


Bystander Intervention & Cultural Awareness Training

3 hour commitment  
The Howard County Office of Human Rights invites you to attend a training session that will give you the tools and knowledge to be a good ally. Learn how to safely step up and be supportive when fellow community members encounter harassment and hate speech. This training aims to equip community members with the necessary insight, awareness, and tangible skills to safely intervene when moments violate the dignity/humanity of fellow community members.   


Leaning into Humanity

2 - 3 hour commitment

This presentation focuses on providing culturally relevant data, tangible ways to humanize and combat “bystander effect”, and information on how the Office of Human Rights protects and educates its citizens around discriminator/hate based realities.The purpose is to create the foundations needed for community members to explore, interpret, and digest data (mainly focused on local data). learning effective ways to articulate their understanding and realities to promote empathy and tangible change.


OHR Overview

1 hour 30 min commitment 

Join Howard County’s Office of Human Rights as we explore the resources and services that aim to honor and preserve the humanity of all Howard County citizens.This presentation focuses on giving the audience an understanding of what our office is and how we serve them. 


Interpreting Cultural Trends

2 - 3 hours commitment 

This presentation aims to provide culturally relevant data & ways to interpret/understand what it communicates about our communities.  Build on the foundations created by Cultural Intelligence Training & The Leaning into Humanity presentation; community members to explore, interpret, digest data (mainly focused on local data). learn effective ways to articulate understanding and realities to promote empathy and tangible change.


Community Dialogue 

1 hour 30 min - 2 hours commitment 

 This is a space created for community members to engage in genuine and authentic dialogue about important subject matter. All community dialogues are facilitated from a neutral stand point with the intention of helping participants critically examine experiences, opinions, and ideologies to promote empathy and understanding.  


Community Dialogue Series

Multiple day/week commitment 

This is a space created for community members to engage in genuine and authentic dialogue about important subject matter. All community dialogues are facilitated from a neutral stand point with the intention of helping participants critically examine experiences, opinions, and ideologies to promote empathy and understanding. Multiple meetings/dialogues/sessions give community members the ability to create deeper understanding through shared language and experience.