Thank you for your interest in participating in Operation Understanding DC (OUDC)!

Applications for the 2019 program are now open!  11th-grade students are welcome to apply! The OUDC fellowship program has a 34% acceptance rate. If you have any questions please email our program director, Ricki Horne, at

To apply for the OUDC program for this year, please use the links below to access our Application and Recommendation forms.

Apply for OUDC's 2019 program year now!

Recommend a student for OUDC's 2019 program year!

Applications must be submitted or postmarked on or before Monday, November 19, 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 an 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 weekend-long retreats, and the summer journey in July.

Selection Process

Students are interviewed by a committee consisting of volunteers, board members, peers, and staff.

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.