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Kit Miller

Director Emeritus

Kit Miller is our remarkable Director Emeritus who served in this role from 2009 until 2021. The work and reach of the Institute expanded greatly under her transformative stewardship and we’re delighted that after a sabbatical in the Summer of 2021, she returned to support our work part-time. Prior to coming to the Institute, she worked as director/celebrator of Bay Area Nonviolent Communication in Oakland, California. Kit has been learning about nonviolence and organizing on its behalf for the past 28 years. She draws on Gandhian and Kingian nonviolence, as well as Nonviolent Communication and permaculture, for direction and daily practice. Kit sees herself as an educator/practitioner hybrid. In addition to using the Institute itself as a learning laboratory for principled nonviolence, she teaches and works on community projects related to restorative justice, sustainability, and anti-racism in Rochester, and elsewhere. Kit has taught hundreds of groups world-wide and has spoken at the United Nations several times in recent years about nonviolence with youth in the 21st century. Kit has an MA in Social Innovation and Sustainability from Goddard College and a BS from Cornell University.

Blog posts by Kit Miller

Reflections on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

It was perfect that my last event at the Institute this past June as the Gandhi Institute’s director was the closing celebration for the fourth round of our Youth Healing …

Nonviolence Cannot be Preached

“Nonviolence cannot be preached.  It has to be practiced.” -Gandhi, from “Nonviolence in Peace and War” I’m reading Resmaa Menakem’s remarkable book, “My Grandmother’s Hands.”  I’m reading the section about …

Caring for Those Who Have Died

During this time of the pandemic when the fear of death and increased likelihood of loss is on our minds, I have been thinking of how to extend care to …

Let’s Talk about Hate

Since 2016, my colleagues and I have been leading public workshops called “Let’s Talk About Hate” at the Gandhi Institute, and for other groups and sites upon request. These events …

Move Your Money: Celebrate Black History Month

I recently completed a graduate degree in social innovation and sustainability and during that time studied reparations as a strategy for addressing harm, both current and historic. There are commemorative reparations, …

Two Experiments in Communal Grieving

This past September, more than thirty years after finishing my undergraduate degree, I entered a graduate program on Social Innovation and Sustainability at Goddard College in Vermont. The focus of …