global peace week

Peace and Justice Institute

Advisory Council

Rachel Allen
Coordinator, Peace and Justice Institute, Professor of Humanities, 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

Nicole Elinoff
Sexual Minority Health Coordinator and Human Service Program Consultant I, Area 7 Program Office, Florida Department of Health in Orange County

Anna V. Eskamani
Regional Director of Public Policy and Field Operations, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida

Ann Farrell
Immigration Attorney

Sue Foreman
Community Organization & Development

Reverend 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
PJI LEAP Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty

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

Greg Higgerson
Vice President of Development, Second Harvest Food Bank

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

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

Sumner Hutcheson III
President, Hutcheson and Associates

Rabbi David Kay
Rabbi, Congregation Ohev Shalom

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

Lauri Lott
Adjunct Professor of Education, Valencia College

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, PhD
Director, Mahatma Gandhi Center for Non-Violence, Human Rights and World Peace, Hindu University of America

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

Cindy Moon
Head of School, Park Maitland School

Imam Muhammad Musri
President, Islamic Society of Central Florida

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

LaFontaine E. Oliver
President and General Manager, WMFE 90.7

Krystal Pherai
Staff Assistant, Peace and Justice Institute, Valencia College

Dr. Yasmeen Qadri
Professor of Education, Valencia College

Lucy Roberts
Mainland Director, Family Hui

Paul Rooney
Assistant Vice President, Safety/Security Risk Management Services, Valencia College

Dr. M.C. Santana
Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, University of Central Florida

Resham Shirsat
Director of Sustainability, Valencia College

Nina Streich
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 of 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