Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Promotes peace and a global beloved community through nonviolence.

About Us

Our Mission

  • Through education and training, the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island seeks to institutionalize and internationalize nonviolence as a process that reduces human suffering and promotes the establishment of a global beloved community.
  • The Center engages in activities and projects that foster mutual understanding among people, in which nonviolent processes are used to reconcile conflicts and to build peaceful, sustainable, and inclusive communities that promote human rights, and economic and social justice for all.
  • Through the study of nonviolence we learn how to apply approaches that will foster more harmonious relationships at every societal level, from interpersonal interactions to institutional and governmental policy.
  • The Center provides educational programs, program evaluation action research, community outreach, and leadership development at URI and in Rhode Island, as well as nationally and internationally.
  • We aim to collaborate with and strengthen relationships with other organizations, agencies, and governmental departments engaged in peacebuilding and nonviolence work at the local, national, and global levels.

The Beginning

The URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies was initially conceived in 1998 by a group of three faculty and staff – Professor Charles Collyer, Abu Bakr, and Professor Art Stein, who shared a common interest in promoting and studying approaches to addressing conflict through nonviolence. As this concept developed they met and discussed the idea with Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr., a renowned civil rights activist who had been conducting nonviolence trainings in Providence. Subsequently, with the support of then URI president Robert Carothers, Dr. LaFayette was appointed as a distinguished scholar at the university. The vision was broadened to include nonviolence and peace, resulting in the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies. Within a short period of time a number of other faculty and staff members joined as advisory members of the Center and were referred to as Center Conveners.  

Our Location – Peace is in the Heart of URI

The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies is located in the heart of the URI campus, just west of the main quad, upstairs in the Multicultural Center, Room 202.



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