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The Spring/Summer PJI JOURNAL is Now Available

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 The Peace and Justice institute is happy to announce that the Spring/Summer 2021 edition of the Peace and Justice Institute’s JOURNAL is out, with articles covering a variety of topics. In this issue, you will read about recent efforts to memorialize the Ocoee Massacre and enter a place of healing; the story of […]

Join PJI for the Third Annual Creating a Resilient...

Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Date: Tuesday, April 20 ― Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Time: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Location: Online This past year has reinforced that resilience is not automatic. It is built over time, through our unique lived experiences, cultivated by our surrounding support systems, and can shape our well-being. On behalf of […]

PJI JOURNAL: Spring Summer 2021: The Power of Kindness

Friday, February 19, 2021 By Michael Moniz, Professor Speech I want you to think about the last time you experienced kindness. What was that experience of kindness and how did you feel? It is common that when we think about kindness, we think about an experience when we received kindness and not a time when […]

PJI JOURNAL Spring/Summer 2021: Teacher Agency Begins...

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 By Jenni Sanguiliano Lonski Teachers have the unique opportunity to shape a generation, to instill knowledge and values, and impact the future. Education is often considered to be the great equalizer, where students are taught and assessed on the same curriculum and standards. But what happens when the standards are not […]

PJI to Join 2021 NCAA Women’s Final Four Special:...

Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 Time: 12 p.m. Location. Online. Register here. The Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) will be a part of the Beyond the Baseline Series virtual event hosted by the San Antonio Local Organizing Committee (SALOC) for the 2021 NCAA Women’s Final Four. PJI will provide an immersive session that will explore […]

PJI JOURNAL Spring/Summer 2021: Measuring Peace for...

Monday, February 15, 2021 By Kari Williams, Part-time Instructor, Peace and Justice Institute, and Institute for Economics and Peace Ambassador and Rotary Peace Fellow Throughout our short history as a nation, we have demonstrated that we can do extraordinary things. The time for extraordinary is now. The need for meaningful participation to “build forward” is essential […]

PJI JOURNAL Spring/Summer 2021: Love Without an...

Friday, February 12, 2021 By Josh Bell, Executive Director, One Orlando Alliance God is love.₁ I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not know this phrase. Raised in a practicing Christian family, God’s love was a concept that I learned about from an early age. I learned that there were three primary words […]

January’s Virtual Conversation on Justice Raised Awareness

Thursday, February 11, 2021 More than 1,150 Valencia students, employees and community members took part in Conversation on Justice (COJ), the Peace and Justice Institute’s virtual 2021 Spring conference during the week of January 25, 2021. Hosted entirely over Zoom, this year’s COJ was organized thematically based on three broad topics: Human Rights and Safety, […]

PJI JOURNAL Spring/Summer 2021: A Community Faces the...

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 By Rachel Allen, Director, Peace and Justice Institute  What can happen when a community comes together with courage, truth and love to face an unspeakable history of violence, pain and trauma? Healing and transformation, a new freedom and a new sense of belonging and togetherness. Fear and shame often keep individuals […]

PJI JOURNAL Spring/Summer 2021: A Conversation with...

Monday, February 8, 2021 Elizabeth R. Thompson is the former executive director of the Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture in Orlando. In her new role, she is the director of community engagement at the Downtown Campus of Valencia College, located in the historic Parramore Community. We asked Elizabeth a few questions about herself […]