5 Community Practices for more respectful, effective conversations

To build the future we envision – a future where every community is a place of promise with opportunity and justice for all – we must all learn to engage with each other. If we can’t talk to each other with civility and respect, we won’t be able to find the common ground we need to live and work together. That’s why NCCJ’s board of directors (a diverse group of people from across our community) invites you to join us in a new initiative called Open Minds, Respectful Voices. It’s a set of 5 Community Practices that represent a commitment to engaging in more respectful dialogue and actively listening to understand others’ perspectives.

Claim your (virtual or in-person!) seat at the 2020 Citation Award Dinner

The Citation Award Dinner is NCCJ’s largest program, largest fundraiser and the Triad’s largest annual event dedicated to diversity and inclusion.

Supporting the Citation Award Dinner is a great way to partner with NCCJ to fight racism, bias and bigotry in our Triad community. You can invest in this work by buying individual tickets or asking your employer to sponsor a table. Save the date (Wednesday, November 11, 2020) and claim your seat.


**NOTE** We are working closely with the Koury Convention Center to ensure that all appropriate health and safety measures will be taken to follow government guidelines and orders, and to ensure the comfort and wellbeing of in-person attendees. However, because participation in person may not be an option for all guests, NCCJ will be offering the option of attending in-person or participating virtually.

Practicing Compassion in a Time of Social Distancing and Uncertainty

We’re so glad you’re part of our community. We’re thinking about you and hoping you and your loved ones are safe and well.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic presents new and unexpected challenges for all of us. NCCJ remains focused on our mission and the work that we know is deeply important to you: fighting bias, bigotry and racism; honoring diversity and promoting inclusion; and convening respectful community conversations.

For current information about ANYTOWN, virtual programs, and other adjustments NCCJ is making in response to COVID-19, see our COVID-19 FAQs:

You can also connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates about NCCJ’s work – and how you can stay involved.

Building a better community for all of us – not just some of us.

Inclusion takes intention.

Imagine if we leveraged the collective strength of our people — all our people. At NCCJ, we’re working to bridge the divisions between our neighbors and fostering the mutual respect that makes our community a better place for everyone. 

We’re best known for ANYTOWN, our flagship youth leadership summer program. We also work year-round with students, educators, and professionals in Guilford County and across the state of North Carolina.

NCCJ works with corporations, schools, houses of worship, fellow nonprofits — anyone who wants to break through to a place of greater inclusion and connection.

We can help you approach difficult topics from a place of curiosity and connect with people who are different from you. That’s how we build more respectful and compassionate communities.

We’re working toward a community where people better understand one another and are inspired to live and work together more respectfully. That means greater success for all of us – not just some of us.

Ready to make a difference?