The International Nonviolence Summer Institute is held on the main campus of The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI, 30 miles south of Providence, 75 miles south of Boston, and 160 miles northeast from New York City. The university is about a 30-minute drive from the TF Green Airport (PVD), Providence.
For Visitors arriving by plane at JFK Airport (Directions from JFK Airport – Pennsylvania (Penn) Station) – Get on the Air Train at JFK airport and take the Air Train to Jamaica (and ONLY the Air Train to Jamaica, NOT Howard beach). Then, take the Long Island Railroad from Jamaica to Penn Station. The fee for the Long Island Railroad to Penn Station is estimated to range from $7-$10 USD. From there you can purchase an Amtrak ticket to Kingston Station, Rhode Island (Northeast Regional Northbound). Contact the Center in advance for someone to meet you at the Kingston Station to bring you to URI. This is our best recommendation for getting from JFK Airport, NY to Kingstown, RI.
For visitors arriving by train – The Amtrak Kingston (KIN) Station is a short 5-10 minute drive from the University. Please let us know in advance and we can arrange for someone to pick you up and bring you to URI. Taxis and public RIPTA buses are available.
For visitors arriving by plane at the T.F. Greene Airport in Providence – This small airport is approximately 30 minutes away from the URI campus. Please contact us in advance and we can arrange for someone to pick you up.
For visitors arriving by plane at Boston Logan Airport – Please take a Silverline Shuttle Bus to South Station. From there you can purchase an Amtrak ticket to Kingston Station, Rhode Island (Northeast Regional Southbound). This is approximately a 1 hour 15 minute ride. Contact the Center in advance for someone to meet you at the Kingston Station to bring you to URI. This is our best recommendation for getting from Boston to Kingstown, RI.
All training sessions for the International Nonviolence Summer Institute will be held at the Multicultural Center building, also the home of the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. Located on the University of Rhode Island (URI) main campus in Kingston, RI, the physical address is:
Center For Nonviolence & Peace Studies
Multicultural Center, Room 202
74 Lower College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Arrival at Summer Institute (URI Campus)
For participants registered for Level I Kingian Nonviolence Training or the 3-Day Kingian Nonviolence Introduction – if you will be staying on campus and using the university residence halls, we recommend arriving on campus on Sunday, the day before the Summer Institute begins.
Report to the office in Browning Hall for overnight guest registration. Staff are available for check-in, room assignments and key pick up between the hours of 7AM and midnight.
Registration and Check-in for Level I Kingian Nonviolence Training and Kingian 3-Day Introduction Training is from 8:00AM – 8:45AM on Monday at the URI Multicultural Center. Training begins at 9:00AM in the Hardge Forum at the URI Multicultural Center.
Level II Advanced Training begins at 9AM on the second Monday of Summer Institute. On-site registration and check-in is from at 8:00AM to 8:45AM in the URI Multicultural Center.
The Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies office is located on the second floor of the URI Multicultural Center, Room 202, 74 Lower College Rd. Kingston, RI 02881.
Departure from Summer Institute
The Center will attempt to assist participants with ground transportation from the URI campus to the nearby AMTRAK train station in Kingston, RI or to TF Green International Airport in Providence, RI. Please make your departure plans known to the Center staff and request any needed assistance.
The dorm must be vacated by noon on the Saturday following the end of Institute, unless International participants have made reservations for an extended 21-day stay, or if alternative plans have been made in advance with the Center.
Visitor Parking Policy
Summer Institute participants who are driving to campus and will need to park a car during the day or overnight must ask for a parking pass when they sign in at Browning Residence Hall.
All visitors parking a vehicle on the Kingston Campus are required to display a current parking pass, which will be given to you at check-in at Browning Hall. You will park at a designated parking lot across the street from the Wiley Residence Hall, on Flagg Road.
Overnight visitors do not need a parking pass from 3:30pm – 7:30am.
The parking area for overnight visitors is in the General Resident Parking Lot located on Flagg Road between 4:00pm and 7:30am.
If the visitor is staying for the weekend, they may park there from Friday afternoon through Monday morning at 7:30am without a permit.
If the overnight visitor is staying through a weekday, they must place a Visitor Parking Pass on the car and park in a Visitor Lot during the days Monday – Friday.
Vehicles on campus that are not displaying valid parking permits during the day are subject to warnings and could possibly be towed.
Weather & Clothing
The average temperature in Kingston, RI in early June ranges from 51° to 74° Fahrenheit. Early summer is pleasantly warm with cool evenings. It is likely that you may encounter some thunderstorms.
The training sessions are informal and active, so wear comfortable clothes. On hot days, shorts and light weight shirts and sandals are often preferred. Wear layers, though, because many find the air conditioning chilly and nights will require light jackets. Formal clothes are not required. However, at the closing Certification Ceremony, participants often like to wear their country’s traditional attire.
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