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 has presented 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 May 5, 2021**

We’re happy to announce that NCCJ is planning an ANYTOWN session this summer (July 18 – July 23, 2021)!

While we are still ironing out the details, we wanted to go ahead and let you know our intent so you can start making your summer plans (and perhaps vaccination plans.) To safeguard the health and wellbeing of our students, volunteers and staff, we are consulting with healthcare professionals and will be following their advice in taking special precautions before and during ANYTOWN. In the coming weeks, as we keep speaking with these experts and finalize our plans for ANYTOWN 2021, we will share more information on this page.

In the meantime, know that we are asking all students interested in attending ANYTOWN this summer to do one of the following:

1) Show proof of vaccination and be fully vaccinated (meaning their second shot was done on or before July 3)


2) Take a quick response test sometime on 7/12, 7/13, or 7/14 and show a negative test result on Friday, July 16.

We are also planning to administer rapid antigen nasal swab tests to all delegates before they get on the bus to head to ANYTOWN. If a delegate tests positive that day, they will not be able to attend ANYTOWN and we will refund all money or credit it towards next summer.

Click here to apply for ANYTOWN.

Meanwhile, we’re also offering an alternative option for summer programming. It’s called STARR: Students Talking About Race + Racism, and it’s a 3-day hybrid program (partly virtual, partly in-person but physically distanced) for high school students that we piloted in July 202o (click here for a description of that first STARR session.) The next STARR session is taking place on June 10 – June 12, 2021. Each STARR session only has 24 spots, so we strongly encourage high school students to apply now!

Questions or concerns? Email director of administration 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.

Is it possible to transition my program to a virtual option?

We are considering such requests on a case-by-case basis. Some NCCJ programs can be more easily adapted to an online platform than others, and we want to maintain the quality and integrity of our work. Contact your NCCJ staff liason (don’t know who that is? Email us at to explore this possibility.

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 at the bottom of this page) or through social media. We have an active presence on Facebook and Instagram.