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Peace and Justice Institute

Advisory Council

Rachel Allen Director
Peace and Justice Institute, Valencia College

Patricia Ambinder
Council Chair, Community Organization & Development

Susan Arkin
Community Organization and Development

John Bersia
Director, University of Central Florida Global Perspectives Office

Allie Braswell
Managing Director, Braswell Management Group, LLC

Paul Chapman
Professor of Humanities and Peace Studies, Valencia College

Anna V. Eskamani
Director of External Affairs, Planned Parenthood of Greater

Ann Farrell
Immigration Attorney

Sue Foreman
Community Organization & Development

Rev. Bryan Fulwider
President and CEO, Building US

Marcia Hope Goodwin
Chief Service Officer & Director, Office of Community Affairs
and Human Relations, Office of the Mayor, City of Orlando

Kiki Grossman
Writer and Speaker on Dispute Resolution and Law

Aminah Hamidullah
Founder and Director, Knowledge for Living, Inc.

Greg Higgerson
Vice President of Development, Second Harvest Food Bank
Sumner Hutcheson III President, Hutcheson and Associates

Dr. Stacey Johnson
President, East and Winter Park Campuses, Valencia College

Pam Kancher
Executive Director, Holocaust Memorial and Resource and
Education Center

Rabbi David Kay
Congregation Ohev Shalom

Hon. Bob LeBlanc
Circuit Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

George A. Lopez
Kroc Institute for International Peace, University of Notre Dame

Lauri Lott
Coordinator, PJI Academy for Teachers, Valencia College

Betty Martinez Lowery
Manager of Community Relations, Walt Disney World

Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra
Adjunct Faculty, University of Central Florida and Valencia College

Dr. James McDonald
Dean, Career and Tech Programs, Business and IT, Valencia

Cindy Moon
Head of School, Park Maitland School

Imam Muhammad Musri
President, Islamic Society of Central Florida

Patricia Newton
Human Rights Investigator Supervisor, Housing and Community Development, City of Tampa

LaFontaine E. Oliver
President and General Manager, WMFE 90.7

Krystal Pherai
Staff Assistant, Dean of Students, Valencia College

Yasmeen Qadri
Professor of Education, Valencia College

Lucy Roberts
Mainland Director, Family Hui
Resham Shirsat Director of Sustainability, Valencia College

Nina Striech
Executive Director, Global Peace Film Festival

Andrew Thomas
Senior Project Manager, City of Sanford

Subhas Tiwari
Professor of Political Science, Valencia College

Penny Villegas
Professor Emeritus, Peace Studies, Valencia College

Bickley Wilson
Founder, ArtReach Orlando



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    Goals of the Institute are to:
    1. Create and teach a Peace and Justice Studies curriculum
    2. Sponsor and collaborate on peace and justice events
    3. Foster a connection with Valencia's A.S. programs in peace studies and conflict transformation
    4. Offer community outreach in peace and justice
    5. Engage in realizing Valencia's core competencies