Thank you for your interest in participating in Operation Understanding DC (OUDC). To apply for the OUDC program for this year, please use the links below to access our Application and Recommendation forms.

OUDC's 2018 program year application. Coming Fall of 2018.

Recommend a student for OUDC's 2018 program year.  Coming Fall of 2018.


Learn More About OUDC

To learn more about the program, please download our recruitment brochure.

Recruitment Brochure

Sample Schedule


1.1 No student shall be accepted into a class of Operation Understanding DC without having submitted a complete application and written recommendations by the publicized due date. Due date extensions may be made by staff as circumstances warrant.


1.2 No student shall be admitted into a class of Operation Understanding DC without satisfactory participation in the interview process.


1.3 No applicant shall receive preferential treatment or a favorable review of his or her application based on having a relationship with any current or past participant, current or former Board member, staff member, volunteer and/or donor.


1.4 Any volunteer, donor, Board or staff member who has a relationship (i.e. is a friend, mentor, teacher, or has knowledge of an applicant that makes objective evaluation of the applicant a challenge) will be deemed to have a conflict of interest when assessing an applicant’s candidacy.


1.5 Any volunteer or staff member who is involved with selecting students for participation in a class must divulge any conflicts of interest as defined above prior to interviewing and evaluating the student. The Chair(s) of the Recruitment Selection Committee (at his/her/their sole discretion) will determine how to resolve said conflict(s).


The strength of OUDC’s program relies on the commitment of our students. Participants must be: open to different opinions and ideas; enthusiastic about contributing honestly and respectfully; and able to attend the Sunday programs, all three weekend-long retreats, and the summer journey in July. (Students are allowed two excused Sunday program absences from January to June, and one Sunday program between August and December.)


Selection Process
Students are interviewed and selected by a volunteer committee. Staff does not play a role in the selection of individual students, only in ensuring a geographically and institutionally balanced class.


Up to twenty-four students are accepted into each OUDC class, which is equally divided between Blacks and Jews, and females and males.


Other Multicultural Youth Programs
If you are interested in participating in a cross-cultural program, but OUDC is not right for you, please visit and to help you connect with other organizations that focus on dialogue and social justice.


Consider starting your own diversity or dialogue group if your high school does not have one. We would be happy to put you in touch with OUDC alumni who have created their own programs.