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.
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: