The Divided Community Project Community Resiliency Initiative’s second case study tracks the evolution of Orlando Speaks, a collaborative partnership between the City of Orlando, the Orlando Police Department and the Valencia College Peace and Justice
Institute (PJI). The effort, which began in 2015, provides a new model for police-community dialogue and relationship building.
Drafted by Kristin (Kiki) Grossman, PJI’s Legal Education Action Coordinator, this case study illustrates how Orlando Speaks connects with the Divided Community Project’s core guidance, Planning in Advance of Civil Unrest:
- Responding to divisive national events, Valencia’s Peace and Justice Institute initiated conversations on race.
- Collaborating with the City of Orlando and the Orlando Police Department, PJI designed Orlando Speaks.
- PJI convened a series of police-community forums under the banner of Orlando Speaks.
- Orlando institutions are seeking to expand and enhance practices.
The Divided Community Project’s Community Resiliency Initiative is a coalition of organizations and volunteers who support communities seeking to transform community division into forward-looking action. As of July 2018, the Divided Community Project anticipates publishing case studies from five partner communities: Rochester, New York; Orlando, Florida, San Mateo County, California; Columbus, Ohio; and, San Leandro, California. Case studies are funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation.