Will Jefferson Speaks as Part of Panel on Homelessness

Back, left to right: Leonard Bass, dean, learning support; Mike Bosley, executive dean, Lake Nona Campus; and Will Jefferson, administrative manager, Peace and Justice Institute

Front, left to right: Wendy Givoglu, interim president, East and Winter Park Campuses; Michelle Foster, dean, academic affairs; and Joe Sarrubbo, dean of Students 

Thursday, December 2, 2021

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Over the last year and a half, many organizations have been intentionally challenging their leaders and staff to explore methods for effectively growing their racial consciousness. In response, the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce created a community panel of expert thought-leaders to hold an authentic conversation on homelessness and its complexities.

On Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Will Jefferson, administrative manager, Peace and Justice Institute, spoke as part of a panel on homelessness, along with other panel members from the Homeless Services Network, Brightway Community Trust and Aspire Health. During the discussion, leaders settled on the reality that homelessness could not be talked about without acknowledging the contributions of systemic and structural racism.

Five Valencia leaders attended the event.

Will, I want you to know that your Valencia colleagues were beaming at how wonderfully you represented Peace and Justice Institute, Valencia College and, most importantly, our goals and conversations around racial equity and the importance of education in our community. Thank you!

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