"My fellow participants in OUDC
have been a consistent voice of love,
support, encouragement, and challenge...
we've prayed, laughed, cried, eaten, argued,
disagreed, worked, and traveled with each other,
all while trying to change the world."
-Chris Hopson, Class 20


Create Change.


"You can never know where you are going
unless you know where you have been."
-Amelia Boynton Robinson

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Our mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.

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Operation Understanding DC does not charge students for their participation in our year-long, cross-cultural education program.  Their experiences are made possible entirely by the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations and congregations. Thank you for your investment in our young leaders.


OUDC Announces New Executive Director

October 13, 2016, Washington, DC — Today, Operation Understanding DC, is proud to announce Yolanda Savage-Narva, MSEd., as the new Executive Director for the organization, effective November 1st.  With vast leadership and management expertise, and a national and local track record in social justice and health equity work, OUDC is confident that Yolanda will build capacity and lead the organization into the future.

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