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May 28, 2010 > Delorme McKee-Stovall to head County's Human Relations Office

Delorme McKee-Stovall to head County's Human Relations Office

Submitted By Gwen Mitchell and Laurel Anderson

On June 1, 2010, Delorme McKee-Stovall takes the helm of the Santa Clara County Human Relations Office. A well known facilitator in the community, she has worked on human and civil rights advocacy for the County since 2001.

The Office of Human Relations, created 38 years ago, addresses human and civil rights concerns, interpersonal and inter-group conflicts resolution and hate violence. The office also promotes respect and appreciation for the County's diversity. McKee-Stovall most recently served as the Coordinator of the Santa Clara County Network for a Hate-Free Community.

"Delorme is well-known and respected in the community," said Luke Leung, Deputy County Executive. "Residents across the spectrum know they can count on her open mind and open heart."

Locally, her advocacy work includes research and education on bias, discrimination and equity within the community and governmental systems; and responding to incidents of hate violence in Santa Clara County. She works with victims of bias and hate violence, local government agencies, law enforcement, the District Attorney's Office, Superior Court, community-based organizations, religious/spiritual groups and educational institutions to develop and recommend policies to address and reduce systemic bias and hate violence.

Organizations out of the area have called on her expertise about the etiology of hate, manifestation of hate violence and effective community-based responses. She also has worked with these groups on the integration of the human rights framework into organizational values and operations.

"The Office of Human Relations has historically played an important role in promoting harmony and understanding among Santa Clara County's residents," said McKee-Stovall. "While the specific issues and targeted groups change from time-to-time, unfortunately, biased behavior still exists. We are here to support the larger vision of an inclusive community."

McKee-Stovall served as Interim Manager of the Office between May 2003 and March 2005, following the retirement and subsequent death of long-time peace advocate Jim McEntee, in whose honor "A Gathering Place for Peace" on the plaza at County Government Center was recently dedicated.

"Delorme has big shoes to fill," said County Executive Jeffrey V. Smith, referring to McEntee. "Based on her history, commitment to social justice and roots in the community, we are confident she is up to the challenge."

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