Founded in 2005, the Gandhi Center is a nonviolence-oriented organization classified under the Justice Studies Department at James Madison University. Embodying the highest values of inquiry, learning and creativity, the Gandhi Center functions as a global hub to advance the understanding of, appreciation for and practice of nonviolence; a library and reading room for individual research, collaborative endeavors both internal and external, and public participation in service both on an off campus. The Center seeks to pursue justice and service through nonviolent means and ends.

Mission Statement:

To promote justice and nonviolence through education, scholarship and engagement.

Core Values:

Respect - for life and its myriad forms.

Reconciliation - for those in struggle.

Restoration - of the social and spiritual health of diverse communities.

Interim Director

Dr. Taimi Castle
Phone: (540) 568-5929

The Gandhi Center is administered through the Department of Justice Studies.


Faculty Affiliates

Faculty Affiliates work to establish creative and collaborative relationships in support of the Center and its activities.  Faculty supervise interns, conduct research, teach and develop courses, and facilitate Center activities on and off campus on behalf of the Center.


The Gandhi Center is developing committees to advance its work.

  • Advisory and Strategic Planning
  • Community Outreach and Development
  • Volunteers and Interns


The founder for the Gandhi Center for Global Nonviolence is Dr. Sushil Mittal, who established the Center in 2005. Under his leadership the Gandhi Center developed student internships, summer programs from community school children and visiting scholar opportunities for persons studying the Gandhian approach to human conflict.  Dr. Mittal currently serves as Professor of Hinduism in the Department of Religion and Philosophy at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

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