University of Rochester

M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence

Mission Statement

Based on the ideals and life of Mahatma Gandhi, the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence was founded in 1991 by his grandson, Arun Gandhi, and his late wife, Sunanda Gandhi. The Institute's mission is to educate about nonviolence, and to inspire and support efforts that promote harmony in our communities.

Some Gandhi Institute programs

Alternative Spring Break for college students to attend lectures at the institute and then volunteer at local community service organizations.

A Season for Nonviolence to commemorate the period between M. K. Gandhi's assassination on Jan. 30 and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4. This annual program to build relationships across ethnic, racial, religious, and economic groups occurs in more than 200 cities and communities in the United States and abroad.

Behind the Prison Walls essay contest about nonviolence for prison inmates, with the winning essays awarded prize money and printed in an institute publication.

Affiliation with the University of Rochester

The M. K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence moved to the University of Rochester from Christian Brothers University in Memphis in June, 2007. Similar institutions are located at a number of universities, including the Carter Center at Emory University and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Arun Gandhi was co-founder and president of board of the institute. He chaired the institute's board. He was not an institute or university staff member and did not receive a salary from either.

The institute is an independent organization with separate business operations. Allison Stokes, the half-time director of the university's Interfaith Chapel, also serves as director of the institute. She and her part-time Administrative assistant are the only institute staff members with a university affiliation. The university also provides the institute with office and meeting space and covers ordinary office costs.