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Peace and Justice Institute

Media Mentions

The Peace and Justice Institute is often recognized by the community in a variety of media mentions. PJI media mentions include a collection of articles, videos, and more.


April 2017

Community Leader Jimmie Williams writes in The Orlando Times about the fifth Orlando Speaks that took place on April 12, 2017.

PJI Director, Rachel Allen was suggested for Scott Maxwell of the Orlando Sentinel's list of 10 people who make Orlando a better place to live


NOVEMber 2016

Scott Maxwell includes Orlando Speaks in his list of 101 Things to Love about Central Florida for 2016.


October 2016

PJI facilitated the fourth Orlando Speaks in partnership with the City of Orlando and the Orlando Police Department.


July 2016

Hillary Clinton holds a roundtable discussion in Orlando following the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. During this discussion, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer recommends Orlando Speaks as a beneficial program for other cities across the nation to follow.


August 2015, October 2015, and February 2015

Orlando Speaks is a community workshop designed to encourage dialogue between citizens of the City of Orlando and Police Officers with the goal to enhance our community policing initiative.


May 2014

Members of the Peace and Justice Institute, including Valencia students, faculty, and staff, and local community partners hosting a Bring Back Our Girls rally at Orlando's City Hall to raise awareness of the kidnapped girls in Nigeria.


January 2013

Jackie Chism, teacher at Jackson Heights Middle School and Founder of Peace Buy Piece buys back her students violent video games and DVDs. Chism presented during the Institute's 2013 Conversation on Justice.


August 2013

The Orlando Sentinel covers the Institute's Conflict Analysis Workshop on the Trayvon Martin Case


April 2013

The link below takes you to a blog featuring an exciting development within the Peace and Justice Institute. Written by David Smith, formerly at the United States Institute of Peace, the blog focuses on the work that community colleges are doing to support peacebuilding, conflict resolution and related fields.


February 2013

PJI hosts its first student retreat for their core group of student volunteers, the Peace and Justice Ambassadors.


January 2013

Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Nigerian educator and peace advocate, shares his experience of his time visiting Valencia College during the Institute's Conversation on Peace.


October 2012

PJI hosts its first Valencia Night at the Islamic Society of Central Florida with 200 participants.


September 2012

Valencia College to advocate peace through film


January 2012

Conversation on Compassion


October 2011

Renowned Scholar Visits Valencia



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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