Frequently asked questions about URU The Right To Be, Inc.

What is URU?

URU The Right To Be, Inc. is a 501(c) (3) non-profit content production company that tackles social justice issues via film, theatre, publishing, and other arts-based initiatives.

What is URU’s mission?

URU’s mission is to foster communication and understanding among diverse racial, social and economic groups about serious issues affecting those groups and their communities. URU believes that art is a powerful and dynamic source of expression and self-empowerment that can define and transform not only ourselves as individuals, but also our families, our neighborhoods, our communities, our countries and our global society. In order to foster communication and understanding, URU uses artistic expression, social marketing and community mobilization to deliver arts-based programs and productions about the social justice, health, culture and economic issues facing Americans and the global community.

Why and by whom was URU founded?

URU traces its roots back to 1995, when a group of artists came together to explore ways in which to use their creativity and talents to give something back to their community in New Haven, CT. This collaboration, under the tutelage of its founder, author, filmmaker and social activist Crystal R. Emery, morphed into URU. Since then, the organization has made huge strides in bringing its message to audiences of all ages throughout the United States and the world.

How is URU funded?

URU is funded solely by donations and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations who recognize the importance of promoting education and social change, moving each recipient to a more human understanding that we are our brother’s keeper.

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What new projects are under way?

Open Season is the latest documentary from Crystal R. Emery and URU, and is currently in pre-production. Work is also underway on Master Builders of the Modern World: Reimagining the Face of STEM, a book honoring women and people of color who have made substantial contributions to the sciences, technology, engineering, and math fields.

What is URU’s Changing the Face of STEM Initiative?

The Changing the Face of STEM national education and engagement initiative
is designed to encourage children to seek careers in STEM fields despite
institutionalized lack of racial equity.

How can I support URU and its work?

URU relies on your support to make change at the local, national, and international level. Here are just a few of the ways you can support our work:

  • Individual giving
  • Corporate giving
  • Foundation or corporate grants
  • Bringing a workshop into your community or organization
  • Sponsoring a community workshop
  • Volunteering
How can I find out more about URU?

If you have comments or questions, please feel free to reach out to URU:


Phone: 203-389-7466


Mailing Address:

URU The Right To Be, Inc

PO Box 26925

West Haven, CT 06516

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