The Gandhi Center supports JMU student organizations with similar missions, including Amnesty International, The JMU Interfaith Coalition and the Humanitarian Affairs minor. We contribute funding for exemplary speakers and student-centered activities that promote the mission of engagement about peaceful solutions to human conflict. Our interns create and implement projects in the community that model the Gandhian approach to peacemaking.
In 2012-2013, the Gandhi Center participated in the following activities:
Drawing Peace - this year's theme was "Peace Builds Community". Winners had their artwork displayed at the Prism Gallery at JMU.
Journaling for Peace - volunteers go into kindergarden classrooms and read stories to children, who draw pictures or write their feelings in their journals
Alternative Spring Break to Nicaragua - 11 volunteers went to Nicaragua to build two cinderblock houses.
Peace Camp - 82 children ages 6-13 attended a week-long camp. The theme was "Planting Peace".
Gandhi Refugee Integration Project - the Gandhi Center helps newly-arriving refugees get acclimated to life in Harrisonburg.
In the 2011-12 academic year, the Gandhi Center has supported the following speakers and activities and projects:
Global Nonviolence Camp for Children: A week of structured activities for young children (August 2010) that brings community, faculty and student volunteers together.
Alternative Weekend and Spring Break: Gandhi Center Interns work with community organizations to understand local needs, and provide assistance to individuals, such as remodeling dwellings for handicapped accessibility.
Drawing Peace: Gandhi Center Interns sponsor a drawing contest for elementary age school children. This year the theme is “Peace Begins with Me”. Past artwork has been displayed at the Massanutten Regional Library and at the Gandhi Center.