WATCH: CVI Leadership Academy Graduates Reflect on History-Making Experience

“I like to be a part of something that’s groundbreaking and history-making.”

On Friday, February 9, 2024, 31 community violence intervention (CVI) leaders from 21 cities across the country graduated from the inaugural cohort of the University of Chicago Crime Lab’s Community Violence Intervention Leadership Academy. The event took place at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Metropolitan Peace Initiatives (MPI) Associate Director of Crisis Prevention & Response Unit (CPRU) Rodney Phillips, Institute for Nonviolence Chicago (INVC) Director of CVI Samuel Castro, and UCAN Vice President of Violence Intervention and Prevention Services Edwin Galletti were among the graduates currently representing Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P).

Congratulations to all the graduates! Listen to their reflections about the history-making experience below.