Upcoming events

  • 28 Sep 2016

    Conversations on Race with Poverty

    Free, facilitated whole-group and small-group conversations about race, awareness or racial identity, segregation in our individual lives, racial privilege and…
  • 01 Oct 2016

    Free Film Screening of Gandhi

    Join the Gandhi Institute in celebrating Gandhi’s birthday through a FREE, matinee film screening of the 1982 Oscar-winning biopic, Gandhi.…
  • 02 Oct 2016

    Gandhi Institute Open House 2016

    Join the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence on Sunday, October 2nd from 2-5 pm, to celebrate the birthday of a renowned advocate of…
  • 05 Oct 2016

    Nonviolent Communication Series

    Join Gandhi Institute Director Kit Miller for 5 weeks of exploring the philosophy of nonviolence in our thoughts, speech, and…

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Programs & Activities

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RCSD School Climate Transformation: The Institute partners with five Rochester city schools to create healthy climates for students, teachers, administrators, and parents by serving on the front lines in conflict transformation spaces and processes.

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Workshops & Trainings: The Institute offers learning to groups of all kinds on a donation basis. Workshops are on content adjusted to best serve the group, whether racial justice, leadership, conflict resolution, or nonviolence education.

Gandhi Service Fellows 2015-16

the Gandhi Service Fellowship Program: This year-long program mentors Rochester-area undergraduate and graduate students in nonviolence philosophy and skills while supporting them to design and implement projects addressing community needs.

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the Summer Youth Facilitation Institute (SYFI): This paid apprenticeship prepares high school students to be peacemakers, training them in facilitation skills and teaching nonviolence.

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Sustainability Initiatives: The Institute maintains two gardens on an adjacent one acre parcel in a USDA food desert neighborhood. One garden is cared for in partnership with Seedfolk City Farm.

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Gandhi House:  A former abandoned building in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood, the Institute hosts hundreds of visitors each year. Gandhi House is utilized by dozens of local groups each year for meetings and events.

Words about our Work

Working with the Gandhi Institute changed my life completely. I became at peace with my inner self. The frustrations that I felt during my first year of college disappeared. I am happier and even much better at my relationships with other people.  I am learning to accept people the way they are without losing who I am.

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Lendsey Achudi, University of Rochester Alumna

The Gandhi Institute training was an awesome experience for all AmeriCorps members involved…There was a constant flow of new partners, groups, and therefore, ideas that required openness and honesty, and trust…Facilitators, with their own experiences leading nonviolent groups in the city’s high schools, intervened to model potential changes in our approach that proved very helpful. All in all, the intensive training with the Gandhi Institute gave us all very concrete tools to have in our back pocket [and] also proved to be a great release of stress.

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Maeve Willis, Rochester AmeriCorps

It is very important that inner city children have the opportunity to be a POSITIVE part of their community on a grassroots level. The individuals at the Institute understand this and they customized experiences that helped children of all ages understand how to be valuable assets to their community. I am very grateful to have the Gandhi Institute and will continue to support them as they support the Rochester City School District.

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Djinga King-St. Louis, Vice Principal at School 16

Gandhi cards!

Our Gandhi & Nonviolence cards are traveling the world, bringing Gandhi’s philosophy to life in meaningful, fun ways.