Vision and Mission

Mission

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

OUDC Executive Director Message

On March 11th, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic as a result of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus; also known as COVID-19.  In a matter of a few weeks, our lives changed dramatically turning everyday activities into masked, social distanced “essential only” outings.   As we learn to adapt to our “new normal” and a much different existence than what we’re used to, I am confident that this public health crisis will bring out the best in humanity and strengthen our sense of community.
 
OUDC continues to work towards our goal of building an intercultural community and modeling the way by providing our students and the broader community with the tools needed to lead through the lens of social justice and equity; even through this very challenging time.  

After the March 9th community service project at a Wider Circle, all of OUDC’s programs have been conducted online.  We will continue to meet virtually until it is safe to do otherwise.  The OUDC students are resilient and have a strong desire to persevere in spite of the challenges we all face; they continue to be a very engaged, active community.   

While the global pandemic rages and we continue to do what we need to do to stay safe and healthy, I want us to also be reminded that there are those among us who are not being treated fairly and who are not being treated with dignity and respect during this crucial time.  The pandemic has revealed and resurfaced some horrible truths about our country, including but not limited to:

  • the health inequities and health disparities of people of color and vulnerable populations.
  • the lack of a safety net for vulnerable populations; and
  • the covert racism and discrimination against people based on race, age, ability level, immigration status, socio-economic status and other factors (i.e. the disproportionate rate of COVID-19 in indigenous communities).
The urgency of now is upon us! 
 OUDC is needed now more than ever to continue to lead the next generation of leaders who will lead through the lens of social justice and equity and dismantle systems of oppression.

Please stay safe and healthy.  
Take some time to reflect and create.

In justice, freedom and solidarity,
Yolanda Savage-Narva, MSEd.
OUDC Executive Director