The IIP at Rutgers University in New Jersey promotes sustainable peace rooted in human rights, respect for cultural diversity, and the elimination of poverty. The organization was co-founded by Forest Whitaker of which he serves as Chairman. The current Director is Kurt Shock, a professor of the University and expert in Non-Violent Social Movements. The IIP is designed to educate the next generation of peace-building leaders. UNESCO and the IIP formally joined forces in 2012.