The Gandhi Service Fellowship trains college students in the practices and principles of nonviolence. Fellows design and coordinate projects intended to serve a diverse population in the Rochester community. Projects have included a weeklong alternative spring break, nonviolence education programs at Wilson Foundation Academy in Rochester, interfaith banquets, social justice forums, and the promotion of sustainability.
For more information about the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, visit http://www.gandhiinstitute.org/.
2011-2012 Gandhi Service Fellows
Lendsey Achudi is a sophomore studying International Affairs at the University of Rochester.
“Working with the Gandhi Institute changed my life completely. I became at peace with my inner self. I am happier and am learning to accept people the way they are without losing who I am. If more people acknowledged the power of nonviolence, we would solve many of the world’s problems.”
Fatima Bawany is a freshman studying Religion and Medicine at the University of Rochester.
“As a native Pakistani, I had known quite a bit about Gandhi. But, I only learned about his passion for inter-religious and intercultural understanding after becoming a Gandhi Service Fellow. One of the first gifts I was given when I became part of the Institute was a book called Vows and Observances. After reading it, I was able to see how knowledgeable Gandhi was about other faiths and how he worked to make people of all backgrounds feel welcome and respected.”
Husain Bawany is pursuing a degree in medicine at St. John Fisher College. He coordinated a religious dialogue dinner at SJFC.
Nadya Spice is a sophomore studying Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. For her Gandhi project she is working to create a social justice club on the RIT campus.