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Global Justice Institute

About Global Justice Institute

The Global Justice Institute (GJI) is the hub for training, development, and convening at El Puente – realized through a process of codifying El Puenteʼs 35 years of pedagogy and methodology of nurturing leaders for peace and justice.  El Puente Global Justice Institute facilitates ongoing training and leadership development for the entire El Puente organization. In addition, the Global Justice Institute also hosts practitioners from across NYC, nationally and internationally and publishes tools and frameworks to contribute to the wider field. Frameworks and modules focus on: arts for social justice, cultural organizing, community & youth development, environmental advocacy, climate change, and more. The Global Justice Institute works with groups from schools, community-based organizations, cultural institutions, and foundations.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Arts for Social Change
  • Community & Cultural Sustainability (Green Light District)
  • Transformative Community Building
  • Participatory Action Research
  • Creating Sacred Space & Community Rituals
  • Leadership Development & Personal Empowerment
  • Integrated Arts & Education for Liberation in-school & out-of-school
  • Social Entrepreneurship

For training rates and booking information, contact Clara Parker at or 718-387-0404 x. 34

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The ACTIVATE Series: El Puente Transformative Community Building Toolkit

The Art-iVate Series: El Puente Creative Justice Approach Toolkit

Our Team

Frances Lucerna, Founder

Frances Lucerna


Jana Lynne “JL” Umipig, Certified Trainer and Consultant

Jana Lynne Umipig

Certified Trainer & Consultant


Aura Dawson


JLove Calderón, Senior Advisor

JLove Calderón

Senior Advisor

Stephanie Jackson, Certified Trainer

Stephanie Jackson

Certified Trainer

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Shy Richardson


Clara Parker, Director

Clara Parker



Romel Jackson


Rosa Scott, Certified Trainer and Consultant

Rosa Scott

Certified Trainer & Consultant

Rose Rivera, Trainer

Rose Rivera