Tuesday, January 26, 2021
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.