OUDC’s mission is to create a generation of community leaders who promote respect, understanding and cooperation while fighting to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.
Our students are dedicated to stamping out racism and anti-Semitism wherever they encounter it. They build bridges between communities. But, they do not stop there. They use their skills, vision and passion to bring together people of all different ethnicities, races, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and sexual orientations. Our young leaders are changing the world, one person at a time.
OUDC was founded in 1993 by Karen Kalish. Karen was inspired by a similar program in Philadelphia started by The Honorable William H. Gray III, then a U.S. Congressman representing Philadelphia, and George M. Ross. Since then, OUDC has worked with 26 groups of young people and empowered more than 600 leaders.
OUDC's staff, board and alumni network is a group of diverse, committed change-makers who seek to empower the next generation of social justice leaders to promote respect, understanding and cooperation while fighting to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination.
OUDC serves as a thought leader and facilitates dialogue to advance social justice. OUDC's signature program is the Social Justice Fellowship, a transformational yearlong program for high school juniors. Our Fellows are dedicated to learning how to challenge racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination and to educating their communities on how to do the same.