Rachel Allen Named Coach Clifford’s Social Justice Game Changer

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Congratulations to Rachel Allen, director, Peace and Justice Institute, for being recognized by the Orlando Magic for her work in the area of social justice.

The recognition — known as Coach Clifford’s Social Justice Game Changer — is given to those engaged in outstanding efforts in their community to bring about social change. As part of the honor, Rachel has been invited to attend an Orlando Magic home game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, January 29, 2021, where her accomplishments will be recognized during the game and shared with the audience.

“We have worked hard for years to address issues of race and inequity at Valencia College, to create a more inclusive and welcoming culture for our students and employees,” Rachel shared. “Bringing the work to the community, through dialogue and education, creates the possibility for justice, equity and a more peaceful community for us all. I am grateful to Coach Clifford for honoring the work.”

The Coach Clifford’s Social Justice Game Changer initiative was started by Orlando Magic Head Coach Steve Clifford, who has strongly turned his attention to those making significant changes in the Social Justice movement in Central Florida. During the NBA offseason, he’s actively participated in several causes in support of equality and social justice for all in our community.

This past year, the Peace and Justice Institute moved to the virtual environment to host the annual Resilience Conference, the PJI Teachers Academy, and workshops for organizations across our region to promote racial awareness and conscious leadership. Currently, the institute is facilitating Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission’s Dream Series, a six-part community dialogue series exploring race, bias, systems of privilege and oppression, with an overarching goal of strengthening the value of relationships, community and trust within Orlando.

Kudos, Rachel, for all the work you have accomplished.

10 Comments

  • April Montallana said:

    Kudos well deserved! Rachel is an incredible person who contributes so much to PJI and enriches the lives of those at the college and the community.

    PMWed, 27 Jan 2021 14:57:59 +0000Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:57:59 +0000pm21,2:57 pm

    • Rachel Allen said:

      Thank you, April, for your kind words. PJI is truly a community of practitioners holding a vision larger than ourselves and moving toward it every day. I am grateful to Valencia to be given the chance to be a part of such significant work.

      AMFri, 29 Jan 2021 05:09:06 +0000Fri, 29 Jan 2021 05:09:06 +0000am21,5:09 am

  • Krystal Barrett said:

    Congratulations!

    PMThu, 28 Jan 2021 12:50:54 +0000Thu, 28 Jan 2021 12:50:54 +0000pm21,12:50 pm

    • Rachel Allen said:

      Thanks, Krystal. This one is for all of us!

      AMFri, 29 Jan 2021 05:09:59 +0000Fri, 29 Jan 2021 05:09:59 +0000am21,5:09 am

  • Amy Bosley said:

    Such a wonderful honor for you, Rachel. Congratulations!

    PMThu, 28 Jan 2021 14:58:41 +0000Thu, 28 Jan 2021 14:58:41 +0000pm21,2:58 pm

    • Rachel Allen said:

      Thank you, Amy. So happy to partner with you in this work.

      AMFri, 29 Jan 2021 05:10:55 +0000Fri, 29 Jan 2021 05:10:55 +0000am21,5:10 am

  • Karolyn Sue Foreman said:

    Wonderful recognition for you and the extraordinary team you have assembled. You are all stars!

    AMFri, 29 Jan 2021 08:42:46 +0000Fri, 29 Jan 2021 08:42:46 +0000am21,8:42 am

    • Rachel Allen said:

      Thank you, Sue, for being a champion of PJI!

      PMThu, 04 Feb 2021 16:23:42 +0000Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:23:42 +0000pm21,4:23 pm

  • Kristal Torres Ayala said:

    Congrats to Professor Allen!!! I still remember taking your Intro to Humanities course 10 years ago! You were my favorite professor at Valencia and pushed me to take Honors classes. I still talk to everyone about my visitations to the mosque and Buddhist temple! It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience for a Freshman! I love seeing how how PJI has grown over the years!

    PMThu, 04 Feb 2021 16:16:13 +0000Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:16:13 +0000pm21,4:16 pm

    • Rachel Allen said:

      Kristol, what a sweet message from you. Thank you. There was nothing like Introduction to Humanities! We had a good time and learned a lot together! Thanks for your ongoing support!

      PMThu, 04 Feb 2021 16:23:15 +0000Thu, 04 Feb 2021 16:23:15 +0000pm21,4:23 pm

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