Coronavirus and NCCJ

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 is presenting 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. To continue serving our community (you!) and reach you where you are, we’ve adapted many of our in-school and workplace programs for virtual delivery.

Keep an eye on our blog or connect with us on Facebook and Instagram for regular updates on what NCCJ is doing – and how you can get involved.

Is NCCJ open?

Yes! All staff members are working remotely and can be reached directly via email and phone.

What is the status of Anytown?

**Updated January 25, 2022**

NCCJ is planning three in-person youth programs this summer: a STARR: Students Talking About Race + Racism session from June 9-11 (apply for STARR) and two Anytown sessions on June 19-24 and July 17-22 (apply for Anytown).

Because our top priority is the health and wellbeing of our student delegates (program participants), volunteers and staff, we strongly recommend that all teens applying for STARR or Anytown be fully vaccinated (including a booster).

Regardless of vaccination status, all student delegates must take a PCR test within 72-96 hours (3-4 days) prior to the first day of the NCCJ program (STARR or Anytown) that they plan to attend.  If a delegate tests positive that day, they will not be able to attend and we will refund all money or credit it towards a future program.

These recommendations and requirements are based on guidance from local healthcare professionals. If that guidance changes in the coming weeks or months, we may update our requirements.

Questions or concerns? Email Alison Whitman Jones, or call 336-272-0359 x 130.

Can programs still be scheduled at this time?

Absolutely! NCCJ has programs on the calendar, and our team is happy to work with you to schedule a program for your institution. Contact executive director Ivan Canada to request a program.

Does NCCJ still need my support?

Yes, definitely! While this moment presents new and unexpected challenges, NCCJ remains committed to our important mission of building more inclusive and respectful communities and fighting bias, bigotry and racism in all their forms. In particular, we stand with members of the Asian community who have faced increased marginalization and bigoted language. It is going to take ALL of us to get through this crisis, and we call upon leaders to model inclusive practices that do not unfairly or unjustly target others.

We also recognize that this moment amplifies long-standing inequities along lines of race, socio-economic status, and ability status. Even when we are not experiencing an emergency of this kind, it is clear that a person’s identity all-too-often influences their access, opportunity, and outcomes. NCCJ is committed to working ever more vigilantly to eliminate these injustices, and we look forward to partnering with all our neighbors to advance a more equitable, inclusive, and successful community.

If you can, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to support NCCJ’s work (click here.)

How can I stay connected to NCCJ?

The best way to receive regular NCCJ updates is through our monthly e-newsletter (sign up) or through social media. We have an active presence on Facebook and Instagram.