Peace and Justice Institute at Valencia Celebrates Global Peace Week

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Orlando, FL – Each September, the Peace and Justice Institute (PJI) at Valencia College celebrates International Day of Peace, followed by Global Peace Week festivities and events, including peace education workshops, daily meditation practices, guest speakers, and free film screenings in partnership with the Global Peace Film Festival.

On Sept. 21, PJI will kick off its Global Peace Week celebration by partnering with the Global Peace Film Festival to participate in the United Nations’ International Peace Day. The mission of “Peace Day” is to have at least one non-violent, cease-fire day throughout the world. This year’s U.N. Peace Day celebration will be held at the Winter Park Public Library, where PJI will screen the film, “Mission: JOY – Finding Happiness in Troubled Times.” The free film screening begins at 6 p.m., followed by the creation of a human peace sign at 8 p.m.

On Sept. 26, PJI will launch Global Peace Week, offering a variety of thought-provoking workshops, teaching the lessons of resilience, empathy, conflict transformation, allyship, healthy communication and more.

Events will be held both virtually and in-person. All events are free and open to the public. For the full schedule of events, partnering organizations, and workshop facilitators, visit the Global Peace Week webpage at https://valenciacollege.edu/students/peace-justice-institute/what-we-do/event-global-peace-week.php

Highlights of the week’s events include:

  • Morning Meditation sessions offered each day from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Participants can sign in virtually to learn and practice meditation.
  • “Be the One to Step In,” a session that provides participants the tools to help when they see someone in trouble. 2:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 26.
  • “Boundaries and Communication: Healthy Relationships Workshop,” a workshop led by the Victim Service Center to teach participants how to recognize unhealthy relationships, how to help a friend in one, and learn about resources available. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m., Valencia College West Campus, Special Events Center.
  • “Building Global Partnerships to Promote Global Peace.” Join students in India over Zoom as we learn to work together and support one another to create a better world free from religious and cultural prejudices. Wed., Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m., Valencia College East Campus, Building 8, room 101.
  •  Films from the Global Peace Film Festival will be presented virtually on Sept. 26 and Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.

Valencia’s East Campus is located at 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Valencia’s West Campus is located at 1800 S. Kirkman Dr., Orlando.

To register for Peace Day, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/412245055057

To register for Global Peace Week, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/399627575837

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