Celebrating our 14th year of awarding the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize

The El-Hibri Foundation awards an annual $40,000 Peace Education Prize to individuals who have dedicated their lives to building inclusive communities in the United States and building the capacity of others to create positive social change.

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

To date, eleven individuals, including community organizers, scholars, and activists, have been awarded the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize. Previous winners have made a significant impact in building resilient, equitable, and inclusive communities through education, activism, and capacity 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:

  • 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. 

  • 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.


Individuals based in the United States whose primary work is focused on domestic audiences and aligned with the strategic focus areas of EHF 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 community building techniques or approaches that reduce discrimination and promote mutual understanding, respect, inclusion, and collaboration; and/or

  • Influence by usingtheir platforms to advance inclusion in America, building the leadership capacity of others to catalyze positive social change, and serving as exemplary models of inclusion resulting in the wide use of their community building approaches, techniques, or programs.

This includes: 

  • Social change activists and 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 ally-building initiatives in nonprofit settings; and

  • Cultural producers who have dedicated their art to advancing inclusion in America and have utilized their platforms to promote inclusive societal norms. 


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, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills;

  • Raised awareness about the positive contributions of diversity by utilizing their platforms to foster inclusion; 

  • Demonstrated commitment to civic engagement; and/or

  • Effectively implemented cutting edge techniques or approaches to promote mutual understanding, inclusion, and collaboration.

Creating unique and broad-based institutional impact

  • Demonstrated ability to build groundbreaking and successful 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; and/or

  • Demonstrated ability to scale or reach wider audiences.


Selection Process 
The El-Hibri Peace Education Prize is awarded based on a ranking of criteria from nominations received through the online form during the open application period. Members of the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize Selection Committee include experts in community organizing and community building. The selection process may include interviews with references familiar with the nominee’s unique contributions to building or advancing inclusive communities. 

Individuals may nominate themselves or others for this award.

Nominations are accepted until 11:59pm EST on Monday, March 30th, 2020.

Award winners are announced in the fall and presented at the El-Hibri Foundation's annual Peace Awards Ceremony.


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