The University of Toledo Peace Education Initiative is bringing more than 30 local organizations together to discuss the urban revitalization of Toledo and the surrounding region.
The Community Dialogue and Public Forum on Urban Revitalization Through the Lenses of Peace and Justice will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at the Frederick Douglass Community Association, 1001 Indiana Ave. Lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided at the free, public event.
The day will kick off with a facilitated dialogue, where an analysis of problems and ideas for transforming the city’s urban issues will be discussed. Topics to be addressed during the day-long event include economic justice, peace education, ecological justice and social justice.
Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak will give opening remarks. Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant will participate in a panel discussion at 1 p.m. called “Pursuing Urban Revitalization with Justice and Peace” with other community leaders.
“The particular organizations we’re partnering with have either a mission or perspective through which they approach their work in communities that incorporates peace and justice,” said Dr. Tony Jenkins, director of the UT Peace Education Initiative.
Other organizations partnering with the UT Peace Education Initiative will offer workshops and information about their work throughout the event.
The UT Peace Education Initiative, located in the Judith Herb College of Education, was established to help the University become a global leader in peace education. Through a variety of programming and research in peace education and peace studies, UT is working to promote understanding both in the local community and globally. The University offers a graduate certificate in peace education.
“Peace education, in a nutshell, is education about and for peace,” Jenkins said. “The two sides of the coin are learning that helps bring critical issues related to peace, conflict and violence into the curriculum, but more than that, it’s about how we prepare and nurture students to become critically engaged citizens who are able to create a better world for themselves and future generations. It’s not just learning about peace, but also capacitating students to resolve differences nonviolently.”