Peace Education and Peace Studies

Community Dialogue and Public Forum: Urban Revitalization Through the Lenses of Peace and Justice

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July 29, 2015 * 9am - 5pm
Frederick Douglass Community Center
Toledo, Ohio 

On July 29 the Peace Education Initiative hosted a full-day public forum and dialogue on the topic of urban revitalization through the lenses of justice and peace and the Frederick Douglass Community Center in Toledo.  Organized in partnership with a broad coalition of 30+ local community organizations, more than 300 local educators and activists participated in the event toward identifying strategies for revitalizing Toledo with peace & justice.  In addition to community voices, the event featured practitioners and scholars from around the world who participated in the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) that was hosted at The University of Toledo during the week of July 26-August 2.

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak gave welcoming remarks. The day kicked off with a facilitated world café dialogue that provided everyone an opportunity to contribute perspectives and possibilities for pursuing urban revitalization in Toledo through peace education and economic, ecological and social justice.  An afternoon panel featured Toledo Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Romules Durant; Guisselle Mendoza, Executive Director, Adelante – The Latino & Community Resource Center; Alicia Smith, The Junction Community Organization; Rosa Jimenez Ahumada (Colombia), Director of the Observatory for Forced Displacement of the University of Cartagena and Academic Director of the Master of Social Conflict and Peacebuilding; and Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (Afghanistan), Founder, President and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).  The afternoon concluded with a choice of 15 different experiential workshops conducted by community partners and international guests.   


  • A report based on the world café dialogue was prepared that will be used as a framework for establishing an agenda for pursuing urban revitalization in Toledo through the lenses of peace & justice.  The Peace Education Initiative will convene a meeting of community partners in the fall to explore next steps and the possibilities for future public programs.  
  • Local news coverage from the Toledo Blade  
  • Coverage by UT News
  • Local TV coverage

Urban Revitalization Poster (small)

Make your voice heard and be a part of the solution!

By participating you will help shape the conversation and promote positive strategies and actions on how we approach urban revitalization in Toledo and the surrounding region.   We will explore the following:

Social Justice: How can we build and revitalize our communities while assuring the dignity of every citizen? 

Economic Justice: How can we assure economic opportunities exist for all? How do we build local, sustainable economies?

Ecological Justice: How can "greening" our communities make all our lives better?  Why is it important to act locally and think globally?

Peace Education: How can we work together in making our communities less violent?  How do we empower our neighbors to take action?

 Forum Hopes & Goals

  • learn from and contribute to the discussion on urban revitalization and the achievement of social and ecological justice in Toledo, Detroit and the surrounding region
  • Empower citizens as change agents, helping them to nurture safe, healthy and sustainable local communities
  • contribute directly to efforts of urban revitalization through formal and non-formal educational strategies
  • develop consensus and identify frameworks for theoretical understanding of issues
  • identify best educational practices through which urban revitalization and justice can be pursued
  • share and disseminate findings for application by others
  • develop local, regional, national and international partnerships with like-minded organizations

Program Overview

The day will feature an introductory World Café dialogue, panels, concurrent workshops, and networking and community building opportunities led by representatives from the Toledo and surrounding communities as well as by participants of the IIPE who will have unique international perspectives and experiences to share.  Check back soon for a list of confirmed speakers, guests, and workshops!


Welcome & Greetings
Tony Jenkins, Director of the Peace Education Initiative at The University of Toledo
Paula Hicks-Hudson, Mayor of The City of Toledo
Tina Skeldon Wozniak, President of the Lucas County Commissioners


World Café Conversation
Urban Revitalization Through Social & Ecological Justice
Facilitator, Mark Chupp, Case Western Reserve University & The National Peace Academy

 12:00 - 1:00pm

Portions of lunch generously sponsored by Balance Pan-Asian Grille, Jimmy John's, and others TBA
Special performance (TBA)

 1:00-2:30pm  Special Panel: 


Dale Snauwaert, Greetings & Welcome
Lynne Hamer, Moderator

Peter Ujvagi

Dr. Romules Durant
Superintendent, Toledo Public Schools

Guisselle Mendoza
Executive Director, Adelante – The Latino & Community Resource Center 

Alicia Smith
The Junction Community Organization

Rosa Jimenez Ahumada (Colombia)
Director of the Observatory for Forced Displacement of the University of Cartagena and Academic Director of the Master of Social Conflict and Peacebuilding

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi (Afghanistan)
Founder, President and  Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL)

 2:45-4:15 pm

Concurrent Workshops

Choose from between 12-15 experiential workshops / discussions conducted by community partners and international guests.  

 4:30-5:00pm Wrap-up:

Where do we go from here?

Tony Jenkins, UT Peace Education Initiative 
Reggie Williams, Frederick Douglass Community Association Board President
Mr. Earl, Promise Toledo

Special Performance (TBA) 


Endorsed By

 City of Toledo -  Board of Community Relations

Toledo Board of Community Relations

Community Partners & Sponsors

 Adelante-The Latino Resource CenterThe Arts CommissionArt Corner ToledoBalance Pan-Asian GrilleThe Center for Servant LeadershipCenter of Hope Community ChurchChrist Presbyterian Church - ToledoCommunity Solidarity Response Network of ToledoFood for ThoughtFrederick Douglass Community AssociationThe Friendly Center, Inc.Greater Toledo Compassionate CommunityHoly Spirit Catholic CommunityInternational Institute on Peace EducationThe James and Grace Lee Boggs Center,  Junction Avenue Urban Waters Project, The Junction Community Organization, Lucas County Land BankMultiFaith Council of NW OhioNational Peace AcademyThe Padua Center, Pax Christi Toledo, Phoenix Earth Food Co-opPlate 21ProMedicaThe Judith Herb College of Education at The University of ToledoToledo Botanical Gardens - Toledo GROWS programToledo Community Development CorporationToledo LISCToledo-Lucas County Sustainability CommissionUnited Pastors for Social EmpowermentThe University of Toledo Center for International Studies and ProgramsThe University of Toledo Center for Nonviolence and Democratic EducationThe University of Toledo Center for Religious UnderstandingWelcome Toledo-Lucas County Initiative 

 Adelante     Art Corner Toledo Arts Commission

   Balance  Center for Servant Leadership 

 Center of Hope    CPC CSRN 

 Food for Thought      Frederick Douglass Community Association

Friendly Center Inc    Compassionate Community Logo Toledo      Holy Spirit Catholic Community 

 IIPE: International Institute on Peace Education      Boggs Center    Junction Neighborhood

 Junction   Toledo Land Bank

 Multi-Faith Council        National Peace Academy       Padua Center       

 Phoenix Food Co-op       Plate 21      ProMedica  

JHCOE   Toledo Botanical Gardens 

TCDC   LISC Toledo      Sustainability Commission   

 UPSE    CIS   

  Center for Nonviolence and Democratic Education  Center for Religious Understanding      welcome TLC 


The Frederick Douglass Community Association is located at 1001 Indiana Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43607

Last Updated: 6/27/22