The Fall/Winter 2021 PJI JOURNAL Is Now Available

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

The Fall/Winter 2021 edition of the Peace and Justice Institute JOURNAL is out, with articles covering a variety of topics, including the creation of health from a place of love and peace within us — known as “salutogenesis”; healing through theater and body awareness; community resilience; and expanding our understanding of neurodiversity and racial awakening; among others.

“Now, more than ever, we need community to address the shared suffering we experience with COVID-19. Few among us have not been touched by the ravages of the pandemic with the disparity in health outcomes, economic devastation, loss of loved ones or the consequences of the isolation so many experience,” shared Peace and Justice Institute Director Rachel Allen as she invites the Valencia community to read in the JOURNAL about how the power of peace can foster a culture a health. “Ongoing healing is required. Healing can happen in a circle of trust or collectively in a community dialogue, as told within these pages when one city chooses to face race.”

The cover of the JOURNAL honors Penny Villegas, affectionately known as the Mother of Peace Studies, who passed away on Saturday, August 14, 2021, after a short battle with kidney failure. Penny developed the Peace Studies curriculum at Valencia College, was a founding member of PJI, and served on the Advisory Council for the Institute.

In this issue, you will also read about the insights that Gracielly Abreu — a Valencia dual enrollment student — gained by completing the Peace and Justice Institute Distinction Program and the reflections of Tina Tan, professor of speech, on how the Peace and Justice Practitioner Certification process helps faculty learn to create a more inclusive classroom environment.

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