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. 202

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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

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Frances Lucerna



Shy Richardson

Shy Richardson

Certified Trainer


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Jana Lynne Umipig

Certified Trainer & Consultant

Clara Parker

Clara Parker




Stephanie Jackson

Certified Trainer



Gloria Zelaya

Special Guest Trainer


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Rosa Scott

Certified Trainer & Consultant


Romel Jackson

Certified Trainer


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Fiorella Guevara

Special Guest Trainer