A Gandhi Family Photo Album: Arun Gandhi Interview

We’re excited to offer a unique historic perspective on one of the most extraordinary human beings ever to live. Enjoy this intimate look at the life of Mohandas Gandhi through the words of his grandson – Arun Gandhi.

Message for Afghan Peace Volunteers

On May 14, 2017, the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence and community members participated in solidarity walk with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and all innocent Afghani people who were affected by the “Mother of All Bombs” the US dropped in April.

9th Grade Monroe High School Restorative Video

This video showcases student interviews with their experience with the 9th grade Help Zone at The Rochester City School District’s Monroe High School which is staffed by The Center for Youth and the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence.

2016 Restorative Practices at Monroe High School

We interviewed six 7-8 grade students from Monroe High School about their experience with the school-wide Restorative Practices model. Among other tools, students are asked a series of questions to support them in taking agency over situations they face. The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence supports Monroe High School with on site staffing as well as five other Rochester City Schools through it’s School Climate Transformation Project. To learn more visit gandhiinstitute.org/school-climate-transformation-in-rochester-city-schools/

School climate research at Monroe during the 2015-2016 school year focused on the impact of restorative practices on student experiences and perceptions. Significant and positive correlations were found between restorative practices and:

– students’ increased engagement in school
– students’ abilities to navigate adverse school events (failing classes, fights, teacher challenges)
– students’ reports of support that successfully help them navigate issues around bullying
– students’ abilities to navigate adverse life events (changing residence, death of friend or family, incarceration of family member)
– students’ reports of support that affirms their sense of ethnic identity
– students’ reports of being effectively supported by teachers and staff, even when behavior problems are encountered

2015 Student Reflections on Social Justice Classes

From 2014-2017, the Gandhi Institute worked in the Rochester City School District to teach nonviolence and social justice classes to 7th and 8th grade students at Northwest College Prep. Here are four students reflecting on their experiences.

Annual M. K. Gandhi Institute Open House

Every year the Gandhi Institute celebrate’s M. K. Gandhi’s birthday with a community celebration. Here is footage from our 2014 event.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Youth Training during Season for Nonviolence

During the Season for Nonviolence in 2014, Dr. Bernard LaFayette and Jonathan “Globe” Lewis spent two days with 30 Rochester youth to learn about the nonviolent principles and philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and is an authority on the strategy on nonviolence social change. He was the National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples’ Campaign, the final movement led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Lafayette is also the co-author of the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training curriculum.

Reflections from Nonviolence Club Participants

For several years the Gandhi Institute supported Nonviolence clubs in several local schools. Here are reflections on these clubs impact.

2013 People's Festival

On August 31st, 2013 the Gandhi Institute held an event to celebrate it’s neighbors in the Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood where we are located.