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