Valencia College to Host Weeklong Interactive Series on Social Justice

On Saturday, Jan. 26, Valencia College’s Peace and Justice Institute launches its annual Conversation on Justice, a weeklong series of workshops designed to give participants a deeper understanding of today’s hot-button issues. Among the topics that will be explored are immigration, gender violence, food insecurity, economic inequality, race and sexual orientation.

The series kicks off at Valencia College’s Winter Park Campus at 9 a.m. on Jan. 26 with a 3-hour workshop on organizing civil action campaigns for justice. In the days following, the college will host more than 60 events and screenings at its campuses across Orange County.

Some of this year’s seminars include: “The True Cost of Fast Fashion”; “Asylum vs. Immigration”; “Conversation on Race”; “Kaepernick and the National Anthem”; “The ‘Yes, and…’ Approach to Conflict Resolution”; and “Unconscious Bias: Keeping an Open Mind.” Additionally, the Orlando Police Department will be on hand for a session entitled “Know Your Rights,” in which students can learn how to respond to law enforcement in a way that does not provoke or escalate a situation.

At 8 a.m. on Jan. 31, the college’s East Campus will host one of the series’ culminating events, the Black History Celebration Breakfast, at which local African-American leaders from a wide array of faiths, careers and walks of life will share their success stories and engage in conversation with students, faculty and staff.

The Conversation on Justice is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Institute with funding support from Student Development. All events are free and open to the public.

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