Peace Awards Program

El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

Celebrating our 11th year of awarding the Peace Education Prize

The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual $30,000 Peace Education Prize to individuals who have dedicated their lives to making outstanding contributions and demonstrating long-term leadership in building inclusive and socially just communities in the United States.

The prize is intended to celebrate and encourage individuals who embody the principles of peace, justice, and inclusion. 

To date, ten individuals, including community organizers, scholars, and activists, have been awarded the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. Previous winners have made a significant impact to building resilient, equitable, and inclusive communities through education, activism, and movement-building. Click here to learn more about them.

What is Peace Education?

The Foundation defines peace education broadly.  In our view, it encompasses a range of activities undertaken in a variety of settings designed to build thriving, engaged, inclusive and collaborative communities:

  • In community settings, peace educators lead appropriate interventions to conflict by promoting inclusion, equity, reconciliation, and social justice. Peace educators strive to make inclusion and the appreciation of difference and diversity widely embraced civic values and cultural norms. 
  • In academic settings, peace educators teach and develop curricula or learning programs which promote and model inclusion. They provide knowledge and leadership skills to build collaboration across difference and lead conflict resolution and transformation. They promote respect for human dignity, human differences and human rights. 


2016 Peace Education Prize Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Individuals based in the United States whose primary work is focused on domestic audiences are eligible. These individuals will have demonstrated:

  • Impact through leading significant initiatives, organizations, or movements that model inclusive practices and educate and/or build collaboration across diverse audiences;

  • Innovation through effectively implementing cutting edge techniques or approaches in community-building that reduce discrimination and promote mutual understanding, respect, inclusion and collaboration; or

  • Influence through the wide use of their approaches, techniques or programs to catalyze positive cultural change and community-building that can be sustained institutionally, and serve as exemplary models of inclusiveness.

This includes: 

  • Social change activists or nonprofit leaders who have developed effective partnerships across sectors or implemented collaborative community-building initiatives that have demonstrably reduced discrimination against marginalized communities and affirmed human dignity using innovative programs and methods, such as social media, to reach and affect larger audiences;
  • Thought leaders who have produced influential works on inclusion, social justice and community-building that have significantly transformed cultural frameworks or narratives, or who have demonstrated by their own example significant social and moral courage and exemplary leadership in standing up for the rights and wellbeing of marginalized and vulnerable communities;
  • Policymakers who have successfully implemented significant inclusion, diversity and social justice initiatives across sectors or provided exceptional leadership in championing inclusiveness in community and educational settings;
  • Institution builders who have led and implemented significant inclusive community- building or collaborative social justice and ally-building institutional initiatives in academic (school or university) or practice (community or nonprofit) settings.


Selection Criteria
Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria: 

Working across difference

  • Demonstrated leadership in building inclusive movements, or effective bridge-building across difference
  • Demonstrated commitment to reducing discrimination against vulnerable communities
  • Equipped marginalized communities or individuals with leadership and peacebuilding skills (collaboration and conflict resolution) 
  • Raised awareness about the positive contributions of diversity
  • Demonstrated commitment to civic engagement

Creating unique and broad-based institutional impact

  • Demonstrated ability to build groundbreaking and successful institutions and/or organizations that reflect inclusion, and a commitment to diversity, accountability and transparency
  • Demonstrated success in building partnerships and collaboration
  • Demonstrated commitment to learning, evaluation and sharing best practices
  • Established credibility among a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to scale or reach wider audiences


Selection Process 
The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize is implemented in partnership with Nonviolence International (NI), which manages an independent review process on behalf of the Foundation. Members of the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Selection Committee include experts in community organizing and community building, as well as previous Prize Laureates. The selection process may include interviews with references familiar with the nominee’s unique contributions to building or institutionalizing inclusive communities.   

Individuals may nominate themselves or others for this award.



Nominations for all awards were accepted online until July 31, 2016. The nomination form was only available online during this period.   

 2016 award winners were announced in the fall of 2016 and presented at the El-Hibri Foundation's annual awards ceremony.


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