Tina Medina

Tina Medina
Phone: (619) 260-7568
Office: Kroc Inst for Peace & Justice 115

Program Officer

​Medina spent 12 years as a teacher in Escondido, Calif., and developed a youth leadership program that was “for youth, by youth”. The program trained more than 300 young people to facilitate dialogue among their peers on issues of conflict prevention and resolution and relationship building. In recognition of her leadership of the program, she was given the Unity in Action Award by the San Diego Hate Crimes Coalition and was asked by the school district to implement the program across the district. Prior to her teaching career, Medina ran several youth mentorship programs throughout South Central Los Angeles, spending much of her time in the Nickerson Gardens Housing Projects, the largest housing projects west of the Mississippi.

Medina has a master’s degree in peace and justice studies, with a certificate in global and peace education, from the University of San Diego’s Kroc School of Peace Studies. After completing her studies, Medina developed the youth track of the 2014 Peace and Justice Studies Association annual conference. She then returned to the classroom and created new campus-wide programs such as Unity Day — a restorative-based, non-academic school day focused on building relationships and a positive school culture. For her teaching and work promoting peace in schools, Medina was recognized as the 2016 Season for Non-violence Teacher of the Year.