United Communities of San Antonio (UCSA) was established in 1954 as a regional office of The National Conference of Christians and Jews. Since its beginning, UCSA has provided leadership for local activities as it responded to the schisms and fears evoked by the expression of bigotry and hatred.
Make our communities safe and inclusive for all
To provide awareness and education on all forms of bullying, bias, bigotry, prejudice, racism, and discrimination
To advocate for social justice by promoting understanding, dialogue, respect, and equality for all
We believe that our work must focus on the multiple manifestations of discrimination and oppression that are based on one's religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic, social class, age, and/or mental/physical ability – the spectrum of all human differences. UCSA builds on the leadership skills with whom it works with so that each one is better equipped to make our communities safe, just, and inclusive.
UCSA addresses diversity in all its forms and opens the doors to dialogue across individual and group lines so that a foundation of commonality and respect is built. This foundation serves as the springboard to understanding our communities so conflicts may be avoided or resolved so that harmony and respect serve as the norm and not the exception.
Timeline of Historical Events:
1927: The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) was founded.
1954: The NCCJ San Antonio Chapter (NCCJ SA) was formed.
1965: On February 14, 1965, the San Antonio Express News highlighted the NCCJ SA annual dinner:
1987: NCCJ SA participated in Camp Anytown; a weeklong summer youth leadership camp.
1992: NCCJ SA hosted and facilitated the organizations first Camp Anytown; a weeklong summer youth leadership camp.
1993: NCCJ SA created various one day programs which were presented and performed in collaboration with regional school districts at numerous Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.
1999: The National Conference of Christians and Jews (NCCJ) filed a formal name change and became The National Conference for Community and Justice.
2005: NCCJ SA filed Certificate of Incorporation documents with the Secretary of the State of Texas Office and became NCCJ of San Antonio, Inc.
2006: NCCJ of San Antonio, Inc. filed an Amendment with the Secretary of the State of Texas Office and officially became the United Communities of San Antonio, Inc. (UCSA).
2006: UCSA hosted and facilitated the organizations first Advocates Together Learning and Sharing (A.T.L.A.S.) Camp, a weeklong summer youth leadership camp.
2007: UCSA Mission Statement modified to place a higher level of focus to “eliminate bullying, prejudice, and racism”.
2016: UCSA hosted and facilitated the organizations first Youth Leadership Camp, a weeklong summer youth leadership camp.
2018: As a UCSA first, the majority of the Board of Directors was comprised of former youth program or camp participants, whom broadened the UCSA mission statement to meet the evolving needs of the San Antonio Region.
2019: UCSA officially incorporated all historical services provided, in conjunction with newer services created, into an expanded portfolio of services to better serve the San Antonio region.