About the Institute for Peace and Justice

Fulfilling our mission of peace through justice.

We bring together the powerful and the marginalized to make peace — because it's not enough to simply talk about a conflict-free world. When philanthropist Joan B. Kroc provided the means to start our Institute of Peace and Justice in 2000, she established a vision of active peacebuilding that continues to drive every program we offer on and off campus.

That's why we've made it our mission to prevent and resolve conflicts that threaten local, national and international peace. We achieve this by:

  • building peace with justice by strengthening women peacemakers, youth leaders and human rights defenders in our own backyard and through strategic partnerships around the world.
  • broadening communities for peace and justice by serving as a resource to local and global communities, students, academics and practitioners.
  • developing, distilling and disseminating innovative approaches to peacebuilding leadership, policy, practice and advocacy.

We officially launched in 2001 with a dedicatory conference that featured respected global and local leaders, including Presidents Jimmy Carter (United States) and Oscar Arias Sanchez (Costa Rica). The diverse participants shared a common desire to shape and influence policies for peace, putting aside their differences to benefit communities around the world. At the ceremony, founding Executive Director Joyce Neu, PhD, said, "peace without justice isn't sustainable."

Neu, former senior associate director for the conflict resolution program at The Carter Center, kept justice at the top of her mind as she grew the institute into the force it is today. Under her watch, we began strategic peacebuilding work on four continents and gained recognition as an NGO with Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

In 2007, we became part of the newly established Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, which also includes the Trans-Border Institute and Center for Peace and Commerce. We involve students in our peacebuilding on and off campus, and provide these next-generation changemakers access to global leaders such as Women PeaceMakers and Distinguished Lecturers for active learning opportunities.

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Volunteer at the IPJ

In a welcoming and collegial environment, volunteers share their passion for peace and justice with others by providing logistical support for special events including pre-event organizing, day-of-event registration and information table, ushering and some logistical support.

If you are interested in donating your time and energy, please contact Julia Fleury at jfleury@sandiego.edu to find out when the next volunteer opportunity will take place.