The Community Builder Award recognizes a community organization that has made a significant impact on the well-being of our community.
2021 Community Builder Award Recipient
Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute
The Peace and Justice Institute, affectionately known to many as PJI, promotes peace and justice for all, devoting all of its efforts to nurturing an inclusive and respectful environment on campus and within our community - an environment where conflict leads to growth and transformation.
PJI believes that every individual is a rising peace and justice practitioner and provides tools to help each of us become leaders of social change.
The Orlando Sentinel named the Peace and Justice Institute one of the 101 things to love about Central Florida, and PJI was presented as a credible pathway to peace at a High-Level Forum at the United Nations in 2018.
PJI’s annual Global Peace Week, its Conversation on Justice, and Resilience Conferences educate and advance important community initiatives, while the Teachers Academy, Interfaith Series, and ongoing community dialogues, including Mayor Dyer’s MLK Commission’s DREAM Series, make PJI a unique and valuable asset in Central Florida.
Organizations, businesses and governments engage PJI to create more equitable and inclusive environments for employees and the people they serve. PJI helps organizations strengthen their culture of trust and collaboration, internally and externally.
Since his service in the Florida Senate and throughout his 18 years as Mayor of Orlando, Mayor Dyer has made diversity, equity and inclusion priorities of his administration through many partnerships and collaborations with PJI.
Congratulations Peace and Justice Institute!