CALL TO ACTION #!: The position of Superintendent of the Orange County Department of Education is currently an elected position, and as such the Superintendent has the authority to Act without OCDE Board of Trustees approval. That is how AB 329 Comprehensive Sexual Health Education [SexEd] was pilotted in Orange County Schools without any Public in-put.

CALL TO ACTION #2: Capistrano Unified School District Trustees need to direct Superintendent Vital that all contracts are to be brought to the Board for Approval before they are executed. We cannot have District Staff entering into contracts without Board approval. That is how CUSD staff was able to apply for $26 million in CREB Bonds without disclosing the cost $375,000 in consulting expenses to file the application prior to making a decision on the Solar Panel Projects.

CUSDWatch Comment

The CUSD Board needs to control what contracts Staff enteres into. It is unacceptable for Staff to bring completed contracts to the Board for Approval.

This agreement was entered into April 16, 2019 (7 months ago) Without Board Approval

Scope of Work:  Capistrano Valley High School will participate in the University of California, Irvine School of Social Science High School Diversity, Inclusion and Racial Healing Ambassador (DIRHA) Program. The program serves as the Deconstructing Diversity Initiative (DDI) at UCI. The DDI was founded in 2015 through the UC Irvine Chancellor's Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion to address concerns about the Campus racial climate.

What are the Districts concerns about the racial climate at Capistrano Valley High School?

Term: October 20, 2018 - December 31, 2019 Has this been completed without Board Approval?

CUSD paid $4,380.00 for students to participate in this program, but the cost is to be reimbursed by Orange County Department of Education. This is a program that the OCDE Superintendent is funding.

How much is OCDE spending on this UCI program? Is the OCDE Board of Trustees aware of this program, or is this the OCDE Superintendent acting without the Board?

Note: The OCDE Superintendent is an elected official. The Superintendent can take action without OCDE Board of Trustees approval.The superintendent should be appointed by the Board so that the Board has oversight over the Superintendent's actions.  That is how AB 329 CA Healthy Youth Act (Sex Ed) was piloted in Orange County Schools before the Public or the OCDE Board had ever hear of it.

Capistrano Valley High School was one of 5 high schools that Piloted this program in 2015

Projects showcased by the inaugural cohort in December 2015 included a video created by Capistrano Valley students educating their peers on immigration’s deep roots in American history. 

UCI Deconstructing Diversity: Diversity, Inclusion & Racial Healing Ambassador Program



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The Samueli Foundation’s core values include a belief in and a commitment to creative, entrepreneurial and sustainable approaches to:

  • Leveraging education, knowledge and scientific inquiry as key social change agents
  • Promoting the needs of the “whole individual” body, mind and spirit
  • Promoting Jewish culture and values




UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence

About The Office of Inclusive Excellence

The Office of Inclusive Excellence drives UCI’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This commitment is fundamental to advancing the campus’s mission as a public research university. To this end, the office provides campus accountability, mounts training and education, conducts responsive research, and builds and sustains partnerships with universities and colleges that share this commitment.

Our mission is to establish UCI as national leader and global model of inclusive excellence, where all faculty, graduate and undergraduate students expect equity, support diversity, and practice inclusion.



Mission & Vision

Student Affairs is dedicated to enriching the student experience from outreach and orientation through graduation by providing comprehensive programs, services, and opportunities for students to

  • Complement and enhance their academic success
  • Prepare for leadership in a global society
  • Develop and strengthen personal, social, and professional skills
  • Support their physical and mental health and wellness

Student Affairs serves to support the University of California’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, and to enhance the quality of student life, leadership and character excellence.

The division also serves to promote the general welfare of the campus community within the framework of the UCI values of respect, intellectual curiosity, integrity, commitment, empathy, appreciation and fun.



DDI is an undergraduate program that supports students to realize their power in reducing racial/ethnic prejudice both within and beyond college campuses by promoting a deeper understanding of race issues central to US society.

UCI News: Catalysts for Change:

Projects showcased by the inaugural cohort in December 2015 included a video created by Capistrano Valley students educating their peers on immigration’s deep roots in American history.

Via the program, the five pilot schools (Capistrano Valley High School) alone are estimated to have reached more than 12,000 students with messages of inclusion and inspiration. Students’ follow-up surveys of their classmates revealed increased awareness of diversity and inclusion issues, renewed self-confidence in individual identities, and a sense of empowerment to effect change.



Our Vision & Mission

Our vision is for every resident of California to enjoy good health and experience wellness. Our mission is to protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.




What We Do

Simply put, we help people support the causes they care about most. We work with individuals, families and businesses to match charitable interests to community needs. We provide grants and resources to nonprofits and monitor local issues.

Our People

Our Board of Governors, staff and advisory committee members are diverse yet united in their shared passion and vision for our community.

Our Work

OCCF’s work ranges from helping veterans return to civilian life to providing at-risk teens with opportunities to overcome the challenges of poverty. We’re working on problems of homelessness, health and wellness, and education as well as what we term safety-net concerns, the critical issues that arise when deep poverty and a high cost of living coexist.

The issues are connected; the solution involves you. Read about our work in the 2018 Annual Report and learn more about our community leadership initiatives:

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About The Rose Project

Jewish student communities on college campuses are a critical building block for sustaining long-term, vibrant Jewish life. The college years are a formative time in the development of young people’s identity and intellectual maturity, and campus Jewish communities provide students with social, spiritual and educational settings to explore and enhance their Jewish identity, discover new dimensions of their faith, and put their Jewish values into practice as they contribute to their campus community.

In the past decade, we have seen campuses around the world become a key arena for anti-Israel activists who seek to infuse the next generation with their hatred of the Jewish state.  As a result, at some universities, students’ arrival on campus brings with it their first encounters with  delegitimization, an effort to brand Israel with a label of heinous contemporary evil in order to strip its legitimacy as a nation state.

The Rose Project emerged from the need for a strong, unified, local initiative to counter delegitimization taking place at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). With concern rising within the Orange County Jewish community over uncivil, anti-Israel and anti-Semitic discourse, the Rose Project Leadership Council first convened in 2008 to establish a strategic framework and comprehensive response, with the goals of creating a partnership with the university that would bring about a more respectful campus environment and a robust support network for UCI’s Jewish students.

We engage in open, constructive dialogue with university administrators and provide Jewish students with the best Israel education, advocacy training and leadership development opportunities available. At the same time, we invest heavily in Jewish student life.  Together with Jewish campus organizations, including our Community Partner, Hillel Foundation of Orange County and its campus programs at UCI, as well as Chapman University and California State University, Fullerton; Chabad of UCI; AEPi fraternity and others, we work to create a rich environment where students can explore and deepen their Jewish and pro-Israel identities through a wide range of social, political, religious, spiritual and cultural experiences. Finally, we engage the broader community on issues pertaining to Israel in order to create an informed public with a sense of connectedness to the Jewish state.

Together with our local, regional and national partners, the Rose Project has radically changed campus dynamics in Orange County by engaging in positive, proactive advocacy, advancing the Jewish student experience, and supporting programs and activities that change the dialogue about Israel on campus.