Peace Award Winner

Dr. Laura Finley, Humanity Project Board of Directors VP

Dr. Laura Finley, Humanity Project Board of Directors VP


(Editor’s Note: This post is adapted from the November 2013 Humanity Project email newsletter, Humanity News. You can receive the free newsletter once each month, by signing up from our home page under “Sign up for our Email Newsletter.” We ask only for your email address.)

Humanity Project Board member, Dr. Laura Finley, was honored in October as a force for peace in the world. Dr. Finley was given the Public Peace Intellectual Award by PeaceVoice, which is part of the Oregon Peace Institute in Portland.

The award recognized her work to spread a message of peace through mainstream media. This included 20 op-ed articles last year that were published around the United States and in some foreign countries. Laura is a vice president of the Humanity Project Board of Directors and assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Barry University. She also is the author or co-author of ten books as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Finley is actively involved in local, state, and national efforts to promote peace, justice and human rights. She serves on the boards of No More Tears, a non-profit that provides individualized assistance to victims of domestic violence, as well as on the boards of UN Women East Florida Chapter, Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Peace and Justice Studies Association. She co-chairs the South Florida Diversity Alliance and is co-organizer of the College Brides Walk, an effort designed to raise awareness about dating and domestic violence. In 2008, Dr. Finley started the Center for Living and Teaching Peace, which provides training and education related to the promotion of peace in all its forms. We congratulate our colleague and we’re very proud of her fine efforts.