Alykhan Alani is honored to serve on the Board of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. As an undergraduate at UR, his involvement with the Gandhi Institute and Students for a Democratic Society greatly impacted his personal development, educational and career goals. At the University of Rochester, Alykhan majored in International Health and Society, and earned minors in Religion and Gender and Women’s studies.  Upon graduating, he was accepted into the ‘Take 5′ fellowship program at the University of Rochester where he studied social capital and community development through the lens of grassroots organizations in the 19th Ward and Plymouth-Exchange neighborhoods. He currently serves as the director of youth outreach at Woodward Health Center, as a Rochester Youth Year fellow.  He credits the Gandhi Institute with giving him the courage and space to render his passion for social, economic, and environmental justice into practice.

Alykhan writes:

“The Institute’s work and philosophy truly resonates with me – our work is imbued with the values of social justice, compassion, and sustainability – which translates into real, tangible relationships with members of the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood, the city of Rochester, Monroe county, and beyond. These relationships, in tandem with local resources, are critical to engaging our community’s most divisive and pressing issues. During my tenure as a board member, I have had the good fortune of supporting the Institute’s initiatives in a variety of ways.  Some of the most memorable include advising undergraduate Gandhi Service Fellows in their work, facilitating dialogues on race, and volunteering my time to the Youth Activist Movement.  The Gandhi Institute is committed to making sustainable structural changes here in Rochester, and I am grateful to be involved.”