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Peace and Justice Institute

Staff Curriculum

The Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute regards every individual as a rising peace and justice practitioner and provides the tools for all to be leaders of socially inclusive change and innovation in their circle of influence. The commitments of a peace and justice practitioner are a pathway to building The Culture of Peace and an invitation to becoming an agent of change.

The commitments of a peace and justice practitioner include the following:

  • Places relationship as central to the work, focusing on the culture of collaboration
  • Encourages a reflective practice to support self-awareness, meaning and purpose, including mindfulness practice and emotional intelligence
  • Addresses conflict as a source and opportunity for growth and transformation
  • Uses the tools of story, dialogue, and peaceful communication while practicing the Principles for How We Treat Each Other
  • Supports a community of inclusive excellence in which all voices are heard and valued
  • Engages in the exploration of the “other” with an acknowledgement of our inherent interdependence
  • Recognizes that there can be no peace without justice for all

A staff curriculum at Valencia College is currently in development. Current programs that are available to staff members are included below. Please contact PJI at peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu for more information.

Contemplative pedagogy involves a wide range of teaching methods designed to cultivate a capacity for deeper awareness, concentration, and insight that create demonstrable neurobiological changes. Participants will be introduced to the nature, history, and status of contemplative practices used in mainstream education as a complementary pedagogic tool that fosters depth in learning. Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with and create a contemplative-based classroom practice and reflect upon how contemplation may innovatively meet the needs of today's students.

The next retreat is taking place Friday, February 24 - Saturday, February 25, 2017. Please contact the Peace and Justice Institute for more information.
Spring Faculty and Staff Retreat PDF


SEED stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity and is a national project, founded 30 years ago by Dr. Peggy McIntosh of Wellesley College. It utilizes a cohort-based monthly seminar model with the intention of creating gender fair, multi-culturally equitable, and globally informed educational spaces and workplaces. SEED differs from other diversity programs in that SEED leaders do not lecture. Instead they lead their own colleagues in experiential, interactive exercises and conversation often stimulated by films and readings. The monthly seminars deepen participants' understanding of themselves, expand their knowledge of the world, and point the way to making schools more inclusive.

This is a cohort experience for faculty and staff. Applications are available each summer. If you have any questions about SEED at Valencia, please contact Michele Lima at Mlima2@valenciacollege.edu.


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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