About the Ali Institute
Our mission at the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville is to advance the work, study and practice of peacemaking, social justice and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service and research.
Drawing strength from the vision and work of Muhammad Ali, the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville develops initiatives that support human dignity, foster responsible citizenship, further peace and justice and address the impact of violence in local, state, national and international arenas. The Ali Institute has a special concern for young people living with violence in urban areas; therefore, we seek to equip the young and those working with them to be agents of peace and justice in their communities.
Because the Ali Institute recognizes that peace cannot exist in the absence of justice, we strive, through our work and energy, to be essential contributors to the cause of justice locally and around the world.
Whether for school children in the inner city of Louisville, farmers in rural Central America, teachers in a European capital or human rights workers in Africa, the Muhammad Ali Institute offers pertinent training, research and hands-on assistance in support of their interest in creating lasting and effective strategies for peace.
The Muhammad Ali Institute is a community outreach initiative of the University of Louisville within the Office of the Provost, Vice Provost for Diversity and Equal Opportunity.
Meet Our Staff
Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Associate Director
Stacy brings a 17-year career in higher education and a wealth of experience in grassroots social justice work, community building, conflict resolution and international program development.
Erika R. Stith, Program Coordinator, Sr.
Erika Stith brings over 15-years of experience in higher education and an expertise in creating and leading educational programs for young people as well as handling logistics of various projects.
Mikal Forbush, Program Coordinator
Mikal Forbush brings a number of years of experience working with college-age students and the coordination of programs.
Dr. L. Kevin Chapman
Dr. Chapman is the newest member of the Ali Institute staff. In his capacity with the Ali Institute, Dr. Chapman serves as the chair of the Faculty Resource Committee and has begun work on the research initiative for the office.