Upcoming events

  • 03 Feb 2018

    Grief Café

    “Grief is subversive, undermining the quiet agreement to behave and be in control of our emotions. It is an act…
  • 17 Feb 2018

    Embodying Nonviolence: A 5-Week Series on Nonviolent Communication

    Join Gandhi staff member Maria Engels, and facilitator Jonathon Jones, for five weeks of exploration and practice in Nonviolent Communication…
  • 10 Mar 2018

    Roc Restorative Conference

    Rochester is a city at a crossroads. We face tremendous challenges in education, crime, and poverty, yet we are resilient and…
  • 02 Apr 2018

    Spring Nonviolence Intensive

    We are excited to announce our four-day Spring Nonviolence Intensive in collaboration with Paul Chappell, a West Point graduate, international peace…

Programs & Activities

School Climate Transformation: Institute staff work with Rochester students and teachers  in conflict resolution spaces, through workshops, after school programs, presentations and hands on projects  to create healthier, more loving school climates for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

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

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

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

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.

Gandhi House:  Located in 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 annually 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.

University of Rochester freshman  Lendsey Achudi of Kenya November 15, 2010.  //photo:  J. Adam Fenster/University of Rochester

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.

Maeve Willis

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.

Djinga St. Louis

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

Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards

April Gandhi Decks

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