University of Rochester

The University of Rochester (U of R) provides invaluable support to the Gandhi Institute. In addition to an annual budgetary contribution ($81,000 in 2015-16), the University provides other resources, including legal and IT support.

Most of all, however, it provides the Institute access to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to students who participate in the Gandhi Service Fellows program each year, U of R students serve as student board members and as ongoing volunteers, both individually and in groups. Student organizations of every kind utilize the spaces at the institute and participate in public events there.

 
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University of Rochester students volunteering at the Gandhi Institute for Wilson Day! 
 
“I want to thank you for the last few months that I have had the pleasure of working with you. You guys really welcomed me and made me feel like family. I was able to learn about some of the great work that the Institute does, as well as make some great friends. I am proud to have been able to contribute, even in my own small way, to the important work you guys do.”
 
-Christina Castagna, Volunteer, University of Rochester ’16
On campus and off, Gandhi Institute staff work with student groups interested in a wide variety of topics, including sustainability, leadership, race dialogues, vegetarianism and more. They also provide training to staff and students in nonviolence, conflict resolution and Nonviolent Communication.
“Over the course of this semester we loved working with the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and were/are greatly inspired by your work with, in and for the community. Whether it was Shannon and Meghan coming to campus, exploring the meaning behind various social systems (and how we as humans act within them) or us visiting the Gandhi Institute, we all were blown away by the power of nonviolent movement.”
-Erin Dong, University of Rochester ’18
“Thank you so much for facilitating our discussion on gun violence. Your thoughtful guidance helped us speak up and voice our thoughts in a safe environment, and it got us thinking more deeply about our roles as future physicians. We are so grateful for all that you do.” 
-URMC Student Affinity Groups (AMWA, APAMSA, LMSA, Spectrum, and RMAC)