Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice

Hi, I’m Ali from Missoula, Montana, and we are at the Garden of the Sky in front of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice.  The Institute was created in 2000 as a center for conflict resolution and human rights.  We call it the IPJ.  In 2001 the IPJ was moved here, on the west part of campus. 

Philanthropist and humanitarian Joan Kroc invested over $75 million dollars to design and build  the structure, establish the first institute and develop the faculty, curriculum and programs that would become the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace StudiesThe Distinguished Lecture Series , also established by Mrs. Kroc is a forum for high-level national and international leaders and policy makers to share their knowledge and perspectives on issues relating to peace and justice. In addition to the Joan B. Kroc School for Peace Studies, the IPJ houses the College’s History, Political Science & International Relations departments. 

Only two years after the IPJ’s founding ,  the University’s first Masters of Arts in Peace & Justice Studies was created and several years after that the USD’s Trans-Border Institute was created to bring attention to the increasingly important conversation about the issues confronting the United States-Mexico region.

The building features state-of-the-art classrooms for both graduates and undergraduates, conflict resolution and meeting rooms, administrative offices as well as a theater and art gallery.  In the front of the building is the La Paloma Café, a great place to grab a sandwich or a cup of coffee and enjoy the beautiful views.  Located on the west side of the IPJ is the reflection room. The room offers a tranquil setting for quiet reflection as it overlooks a stunning view of the San Diego skyline.  Just outside of the reflection room in the Garden of the Sea is the most prized view from campus, a 180-degree panorama of Mission Bay and San Diego Harbor.

Just to the north of the building is our 9/11 Memorial.  The 3,000 glass plaques surround a fountain in the center, and etched in the plaques are the names and home towns of those who died that day.  The memorial is a reminder of the important work of the institute: to foster peace, cultivate justice, and create a safer world through education, peacemaking and research.