Desmond Tutu Foundation to Launch New Initiative at Valencia College

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Orlando, FL – Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s granddaughter, a feminist and civil rights activist, will visit Valencia College on Nov. 2 and 3 as she helps the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation and Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute launch a new initiative aimed at educating young adults about peace and civil rights.

Nyaniso Tutu-Burriss

The Peace3 Program, which focuses on educating young adults on Peace Within, Peace Between and Peace Among, is a series of online and digital experiences. The first live event, “Conversations on Peace: Race and Privilege,” will feature keynote and panel discussions with local, national and international peace leaders, and the Orlando event will feature a keynote address by Nyaniso Tutu-Burris, Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s granddaughter.

“We are elated to be launching the Peace3 Program at Valencia College,” says DTPF Executive Director, Brian Rusch. “We wanted to launch this program at a school that we felt represented America, and the diversity of the student body at Valencia represents the diversity of our country. Additionally, I have worked with the Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia in the past, and their dedication to being change-makers for peace is an inspiration, one I hope to be able to use as a model for other campus partners as we move forward with this program in the future.”

The two-day event will take place on the East Campus of Valencia College –with simulcasts to classrooms on each of its five campuses. The program will begin with a sneak preview of a film on the life of Desmond Tutu, and will be followed up with workshops, keynote addresses and panel discussions addressing the topics of race and privilege as they relate to the community and the student body.

In addition to Tutu-Burris, the event will feature conversations with Episcopal priest and gay activist Robert V. Taylor, who also grew up in South Africa, as well as community activist and student peace leaders from the Orlando area.

“Having the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation bring the Peace3 program to Valencia is so important for our students,’ said Rachel Allen, humanities professor and coordinator of Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute.  “Ubuntu is one of the pillars the Peace and Justice Institute was founded upon, and to be able to have Nyaniso join us and speak on race — as someone who has grown up both in the United States and in South Africa — is really very special.”

In embarking on this mission of bringing peace to our communities, we recognize that we are not alone on our journey,” Rusch added. “The path to peace happens only by engaging others to join us and we hope that we can get as many members of the community out to Valencia College to join us for this important discussion.”

The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation’s Conversations on Peace: Race and Privilege will take place November 2nd and 3rd on the East Campus of Valencia. All events are free and open to the public.

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