Who We Are


The M.K. Gandhi Institute of Nonviolence is a nonprofit that works to realize the vision of its historic namesake. The M.K. Gandhi Institute helps individuals and communities develop the inner resources and practical skill needed to achieve a nonviolent, sustainable and just world. Located at the University of Rochester, the M.K. Gandhi Institute collaborates with other nonprofits, academic institutes, students and driven peacemakers in the following areas:

Nonviolence Education

We offer lectures, workshops and courses on developing a lived practice of nonviolence, including mindful communication, sustainable living and restorative practices.

Sustainability and Social Justice through Food

We create and support community projects to educate and improve health through planting community gardens, contributing to urban agriculture policy and projects for the city, and organizing community-wide events related to food and hunger.

Social Justice and Nonviolence through Restorative Justice

The M.K. Gandhi Institute is determined to render Rochester “the most restorative city” in the United States. Restorative Justice presents a viable and necessary alternative to our punitive justice system. Focusing on the victims and harmed community that are often overlooked once punishment is rendered, the Restorative Justice System gives the afflicted a voice and elucidates to the offender the implications of the harms they committed and gives them a chance to offer reparations.

Working with both the victim and offender, Restorative Justice aims to mend communities through nonviolent means like therapy, counseling, and service that build communities as opposed to tearing them apart. The M.K. Gandhi Institute works with community volunteers, students and local organizations, to create and support existing restorative work in area courts and to have restorative justice learned and practiced in area schools, colleges and neighborhoods.

The Passion of the Gandhi Institute is to:


  • to create public awareness of nonviolence as knowledge critical for human thriving and the well being of the planet.


  • by training individuals in skills such as nonviolent communication, self reflection, meditation and experiential interconnectedness.


  • through fostering sustainability practices in the Rochester area such as community gardening, urban agriculture and restorative justice projects.

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Events on January 27, 2011

  • Alternative Spring Break Info Session

    Starts: January 27, 2011, 12:00 am

    Ends: January 27, 2011, 1:00 am

    Location: Commons Room, Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester River Campus


Events on January 30, 2011

  • Memorial Anniversary MK Gandhi

    Starts: January 30, 2011, 12:00 am

    Ends: January 31, 2011, 12:00 am


Events on January 31, 2011

  • Daily Observance of Nonviolence

    Starts: January 31, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Ends: January 31, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Location: Rochester Liberty Pole

  • A Season for Nonviolence Proclamation

    Starts: January 31, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Ends: January 31, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Location: Rochester Liberty Pole


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MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
Interfaith Chapel, Wilson Blvd
Rochester, New York 14627-0423
Phone 585-276-3787
Fax 585-276-0203