CommunityNashville, founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry, and racism. CommunityNashville envisions a community that will not tolerate bias, bigotry, and racism. The organization promotes respect and understanding among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy and education. CommunityNashville partners with the Oasis Center to operate the Building Bridges programs which work with youth to help them identify and overcome biases and prejudices without sacrificing individual identity characteristics such as faith, culture or gender. Building Bridges programs educate, empower and equip youth with the tools and skills needed to communicate effectively and build respectful, truth-based relationships. Participants not only ‘walk in another’s shoes’ in a safe and nurturing environment, they develop skills to foster trust and forge lifelong relationships. CommunityNashville also works throughout the year to promote efforts among Middle Tennesseans of all ages to fight bias, bigotry and racism. Since 1972 its annual Human Relations Awards Dinner has recognized people whose lives exemplify CommunityNashville’s mission. The evening is an inspiration for hundreds of community leaders and raises funds to support Building Bridges Programs.