Mayor Dyer Recognizes PJI With Community Builder Award

The PJI team receives Orlando’s 2021 Community Builder Award. Left to right: Will Jefferson, administrative manager, PJI; Rachel Allen, director, PJI; Buddy Dyer, mayor, City of Orlando; Sumner Hutcheson, PJI Advisory Council chair; and Marcia Hope Goodwin, chief service officer, City of Orlando and PJI Advisory Council member. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Congratulations to our Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) for receiving Orlando’s 2021 Community Builder Award from Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer.

Mayor Dyer created the Community Builder Award to recognize a community organization that has made a significant impact on the well-being of our community. Recipients of the recognition were invited to attend the 2021 Annual Mayor’s Neighborhood and Community Summit, an official event with the mayor which this year was held virtually on Saturday, March 6, 2021.

PJI was recognized for promoting peace and justice for all, devoting its efforts to nurturing an inclusive and respectful environment on campus and within our community — an environment where conflict leads to growth and transformation.

PJI’s annual Global Peace Week, its Conversation on Justice and Resilience Conferences educate and advance important community initiatives, while the PJI Academy for Teachers, Interfaith Series and ongoing community dialogues, including Mayor Dyer’s MLK Commission’s DREAM Series, make PJI a unique and valuable asset in Central Florida.

Organizations, businesses and governments engage PJI to create more equitable and inclusive environments for employees and the people they serve. PJI also helps organizations strengthen their culture of trust and collaboration, internally and externally.

Please congratulate PJI for its efforts in the comments below.


  • egaythwaite said:

    Congratulations Rachel, William, and the rest of the PJI staff, coordinators and volunteers who help to make the PJI vision come to life. Well done!

    PMTue, 16 Mar 2021 17:17:56 +0000Tue, 16 Mar 2021 17:17:56 +0000pm21,5:17 pm

  • April Montallana said:

    This is wonderful!!! Thank you Mayor Dyer for this greatly-deserved recognition. PJI is so wonderful and I am so fortunate to have engaged in its events and interacted with many Valencia colleagues through their offerings.

    AMWed, 17 Mar 2021 10:13:22 +0000Wed, 17 Mar 2021 10:13:22 +0000am21,10:13 am

  • Stacey Johnson said:

    Congratulations to an organization that makes a difference in Central Florida and in the U.S. Way to go!!

    AMFri, 19 Mar 2021 10:53:30 +0000Fri, 19 Mar 2021 10:53:30 +0000am21,10:53 am

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