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Peace and Justice Institute


The Peace and Justice Institute provides students with diverse opportunities to become engaged with the work through curricular, co-curricular and community events.

PJI offers students multiple entry points into the world of peace and justice. Signing up for Introduction to Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation: Paths to Peace gives students the foundational courses of Peace Studies. Courses across various disciplines in peace studies round out the curriculum.

In addition to the curriculum of study, students engage with PJI through the Peace and Justice Distinction program, by becoming a Peace and Justice Ambassador, or earning the position of a Leadership Fellow at the Institute. Each of these opportunities exposes students to the foundational teachings of peace and justice and provides them with important experiences with and connections to our campus and community partners.

The calendar of events features workshops, film screenings, guest speakers and scholars, among other important events available for students.

PJI 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 and community 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


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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