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Ali Shuffle

Due to low participation numbers for the Ali Shuffle, we regret to say that we have had to cancel the shuffle for this year. Everyone will receive a full refund of your entry fee paid to active network of if you paid by mail.  Also you will receive a t-shirt from this year’s race.  Please make arrangements to come by the Muhammad Ali Institute on Belknap campus to receive your t-shirt.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office at (502) 852-6372.  Thank you and hopefully we can come back next year with host of participants and additional sponsors!  Thank you all again for your willingness to be a part of something that is bigger than each of us individually, but together we can make a difference!

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Scholars Program  2013-15 Program Information

 About the Ali Scholars Program

The Ali Scholars Program, offered to full-time undergraduate University of Louisville students, is a unique 2-year experience combining training, research and service in the areas of violence prevention and peace building in an urban living context. A special emphasis is placed on understanding and addressing the social conditions that impact those issues. Through their work with the Muhammad Ali Institute, Ali Scholars develop expertise on a topic of their choice by participating in seminars with renowned practitioners, educators and activists. The Ali Scholars employ a practical solution based approach as they conduct research related to their "expert area" and its impact locally and globally while they gain hands on experience about the topic by serving in the local community. Equipped with a solid knowledge base and organizing skills, the Ali Scholars provide service hosting on-campus events, furthering the work of the Ali Institute and Ali Center, and designing and implementing social change projects. A key component of the program is an international travel experience designed to explore social justice issues in a different cultural, political, social and economic context. Program students are expected to emerge with a values-based, spirit centered model of leadership, impacting their home communities, and ultimately their nations and the world.


The Ali Scholars progress through the program as a cohort, providing a sense of camaraderie, group identity, and a dynamic peer learning environment. In the first year, program staff and the Faculty Resource group work together to immerse students in the foundational concepts through coursework, training sessions and seminars. The students learn about community issues by meeting with local agencies and officials and doing hands-on service work in the city. In the summer between their first and second yeas, the students travel abroad for their three-week Summer International Learning Journey to learn about social justice and peace building in a different social, economic, cultural and political reality.  In their second year, the Ali Scholars intensify the exploration of their expert area.  They combine theory and practice when they finalize plans for and implement their community based projects.

Ali Scholars Program Specifics

The Ali Scholars program is a two year commitment; therefore, it is only offered to full-time undergraduate students who will be able to devote four semesters to the program.  Students participants will receive a $500 scholarship each semester, for a total program scholarship of $2,000. Ali Scholars will be required to maintain a GPA of 2.7 to be admitted to and continue in the program. The Ali Scholars program is an intensive experience; therefore, it requires a serious commitment of time and energy. Ali Scholars will be expected to make the program a high priority in relation to other commitments.

Ali Scholars can expect to:

* spend an average of 5-10 hours per week, including office hours, devoted to Ali Scholars activities

*attend seminars and training sessions designed to provide a broad-based understanding of violence prevention and social justice issues

*learn skills in the areas of violence prevention, conflict resolution, community organizing and project mangement

*select an "expert area" on which to focus. Each student will -through research, exposure to practitioners in that area, and hands on service-develop expertise in an issue of their

        choice related to the peace and social justice work of the Ali Institute

* in the summer between year one and year two, travel internationally and participate in the Peace and Justice Academy with students in the host country

*participate in fund raising efforts to support international travel

*provide service to campus, local, national, or international organizations and efforts related to peace and social justice

*design projects related to his/her expert area

*participate in the planning and execution of Ali Institute initiatives

*travel nationally and /or internationally doing Ali Scholars activities

*be recognized and celebrated for their efforts

Ali Scholar Application Process

Applications are available at the Muhammad Ali Institute, Ekstrom Library, Rm. 280 or on-line at this link, beginning February 1, 2013.   The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m., March 1, 2013.  Applications must be submitted to the Ali Institute, at the above address. Finalists will be invited for interviews and the new cohort of Ali Scholars will be announced by April 5, 2013. 

For more information, contact Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye, Director of the Ali Institute at 502-852-0058 or


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  Ali Institute works to end injustice at its root cause

 There's a connection between someone being shot on the street in Louisville and war on the other side of the world. The same connection exists between spousal abuse in Montreal and disregard for the environment in the rain forest. The Ali Scholars are at the core of the institute's work. They're all manifestations of violence; they all stem from injustices. That's what the University of Louisville's Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice believes, and that premise - that injustice is at the root of all violence - drives everything it does.

The institute, an academic partner of the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, grooms students to be peace builders - and that means more than bringing people together to end conflict or forcing parties to maintain peace once it's won. It means righting the social injustices that caused the conflict and making sure that people have access to what they need to live a life of dignity, said institute Director Stacy Bailey-Ndiaye. Getting to root causes takes time, she said. It isn't sexy, but it's the only way to bring about a just world and to sustain peace.

Ali Scholars

The Ali Scholars program is the core of the institute's work. A two-year program open to students of any major, it includes an intensive immersion in social justice issues, international travel and community work. Those are enough reasons to draw participants, but "What makes this even more meaningful is that we are using Muhammad Ali's life as guideline. He is known around the world not only for his incredible boxing career, but for his dedication to humanitarian causes and international  peace-building," said Bristol Mann, a second-year Ali Scholar and a senior majoring in geography with a concentration in environmental analysis.

Muhammad Ali and his wife, Lonnie, have monitored the program since its inception. They visited with Ali Scholars and toured the institute last fall. "The Ali Scholars program graduates purposeful young men and women to become Ali ambassadors who will go forth in life equipped with the skills and tools necessary to become vanguards of social justices in their respective communities," Lonnie Ali said recently. "Muhammad and I are very proud of the Ali Scholars program, its mission and the good will it spreads to communities across our nation and globe. We are especially proud this program could be housed and nurtured under the auspices of the University of Louisville and the city of Louisville, our home town, where everything is possible."

Ali Scholars start their work with an intensive retreat where they study the six manifestations of violence - domestic, community, economic, environmental, political and hate - represented in the institute's SeeRedNow campaign. "It was meant to be more like the Truth Campaign. It's sort of 'in-your-face' to appeal to young people. We developed it just as a conversation intellectual framework to think about these issues differently, "Bailey-Ndiaye said. The scholars use what they learn at the retreat and throughout the year to develop campus programs. They also take those lessons and apply them to building international connections. Ali Scholars last summer traveled to England to establish partnerships with students and institutes. They went from there to Ghana. "We spent a week with students working on development projects in rural villages" in the more underdeveloped Upper West region of the country, Mann said.

Back in Louisville, the scholars are applying their increasing knowledge and skills base to helping people get access to fresh foods. They've brought together Wesley House, a nonprofit organization that helps families, individuals and communities become self-sufficient, and New Roots, an organization focused on sustainable food and getting food into neighborhoods that don't have access. The project, said Bailey-Ndiaye, is not just about healthy eating and getting access to healthy food. It's also about community empowerment. The Ali Scholars program changes the people in it, too.

It "has lit a fire within me to continue being an advocate for the youth and to be a part of programs that focus on the well-being and success of young people in difficult situations," said second-year Ali Scholar Amanda Simmons. The senior psychology major said the program "has had a tremendous affect on who I am now and my perspective. The trip to Ghana was the most significant because it totally shaped my worldview. I am more humble, more hardworking. I live simpler. I am not as afraid. I see so much beauty around me - and I truly believe that love and care can change the world...My purpose is to help others, plain and simple." Simmons said. The program has affected Mann's outlook, as well. "I think that my participation in this program will affect how I choose a career in the future," she said. "After gaining a unique perspective about issues surrounding human rights and social justice here in Louisville and around the world. I see myself choosing a meaningful career that fights inequalities and injustices... I am definitely more inclined to not just volunteer for service hours, but to really commit to finding answers to systemic inequalities."

Beyond Ali Scholars

Students aren't the only members of the U of L community involved with the Ali Institute. A relatively new program called the Faculty Resource Group pulls together faculty from a variety of disciplines to conduct research and write about their findings. "We have faculty members from a variety of disciplines across the campus," Bailey-Ndiaye said of the group. "Our faculty in residence is Dr. Kevin Chapman, in psychology, and we have members from public health, education, theater, sport administration, and other departments. On the surface this is really and eclectic group of people, but the idea is because we have this broad view of peace building, they can connect in some way either to what we are doing here at the institute or at the Ali Center." Already the institute has been approached to do research on the effectiveness of lay counseling for Rwandans with PTSD type symptoms resulting from the genocide there in 1994.

The institute also may work with a member of the Faculty Resource Group on an international sport for peace project. Faculty group members have also contributed to Creating Our Future, the Ali Center's character education curriculum based on Muhammad Ali's six core values. This project has Bailey-Ndiaye working at the Ali Center two days a week as project director. Eventually, she said, the institute hopes to set up Ali Scholars programs at other universities around the world. "The idea, the dream, is that every-other year we would bring the Ali Scholars from around the world together for a major international conference here in Louisville - which would be phenomenal. We're in the process of building those relationships now. "The institute is about connecting theory to practice. This is an education institution, but if what we're doing isn't relevant for real people's lives, then we're missing something," she said.

by Janene Zaccone,

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 Peace and Justice Week 2010

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2011 Peace and Justice Information will be announced toward the beginning of the summer.  Please check back for future details.

See Red Now

The Muhammad Ali Institute announces SeeRedNow, its new social justice/violence prevention campaign.  Learn more about the See Red Now campaign...

 ... and check out the awesome new SeeRedNow website!

SeeRedNow Postcard: Hate makes life hell.







  Annual Reports 

2009-10 Annual Report Cover Page

Our new 2009-2010 Annual Report is now available online!

Click on the above link to see the accomplishments of the Ali Institute over the past year. 

 Report cover page

Our 2007-2008 Annual Report is now available online! 

It covers everything we accomplished during the 2007-2008 academic year, with photos from many events. 




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