All People.
All Voices.
All Matter.

Peace and Justice Institute

Our Mission

Making a difference by intentionally engaging in principles and practices that explore, advocate and honor the dignity of self, others and the earth.

Listen Deeply

PJI regards every community member as a rising peace and justice practitioner and provides the means for all to be leaders of socially inclusive change and innovation in their circle of influence.

PJI is an innovative, award-winning organization recognized by the Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, the Orlando Business Journal, Orlando Magic, Florida Humanities, the U.S. State Department and the United Nations.

Our Business Clients


The City of Orlando, Orlando Police and Fire Departments, Orange County, the Foundation for Seminole County Public Schools, School District of Osceola County, City of Sanford, Embrace Families, CareerSource, Unity Worldwide Headquarters, the NCAA, and more.

PJI has done work internationally in Haiti to bring peace education.

Organizations we have worked with include:

Academic Institutions

Public Safety

Healthcare Organizations


Government and Municipalities


The Path Forward

After 15 years of development at Valencia College and with an expansion of reach and vision, PJI has established as a 501(c)3.

We look forward to sharing our new website soon.

To read the official announcement, click here.

RACHEL C. ALLEN | Executive Director

The Founding Executive Director Rachel C. Allen is a life-long educator, national speaker, writer and peace and justice practitioner.

For the past fifteen years she has founded and directed the work of the Peace and Justice Institute, named one of the 101 things to love about Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel and winner of the Orlando Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Awards in 2022.

In 2018 Rachel was invited to speak at a special session at the United Nations to share a credible pathway to the culture of peace and was noted as a Social Justice Game Changer by the Orlando Magic. PJI’s work to create a resilient Central Florida was recognized by the Office of the Governor and in 2021 Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer awarded PJI his Community Builder Award.

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