Center Staff Members
Kay Johnson Bueno de Mesquita teaches in the School of Education and supervises student teachers at The University of Rhode Island. She teaches preservice teachers how to infuse nonviolence into children’s literature, connecting story themes to King’s Six Principles of Nonviolence. Kay was trained in the process of nonviolence by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Together, they have co-authored a book, In Peace and Freedom, about Bernard’s civil rights experiences during the Alabama Voting Rights Campaign in Selma, 1963-1965. She and her husband, Paul Bueno de Mesquita have two sons who are also nonviolence trainers and they’ve had the joy of training together for the past several years.
Silvia-Chandley Professor of Nonviolence & Peace Studies (2010-2012)
For more than 30 years Paul has worked as a professional psychologist and advocate for mental health, violence prevention and positive psychological development, particularly in under-represented low-income communities. A Level III Nonviolence Trainer, he directs the annual International Nonviolence Summer Institute. Under his leadership during the past 5 years, the global reach of the Center has expanded dramatically to include certification of more than 200 training affiliates in 35 countries and conflict regions. A native Texan, Paul has been a life-long musical activist and singer/songwriter for peace, justice and nonviolent social change.
Linda is Paul’s right hand person who does it all. She is a friendly and positive spirit who is always eager to help. Her talent and experience have helped the Center remain organized as we continue our pursuit for peace and nonviolence. Linda has worked at URI for 16 years, most recently in the office of Dean Winnie Brownell in Arts and Sciences.
Thupten Tendar is a Level II Kingian Nonviolence trainer. Born of Tibetan parents, he joined Drepung Loseling Monastery in South India at age 12, where he studied for over 18 years, earning the respected doctoral level Geshe degree in Buddhist Philosophy. Thupten works as a graduate administrative assistant at the Center. He recently received his Masters of Arts in Education. He teaches a course, “Tibetan Buddhism–Journey to Nirvana” for the URI Honors Program and is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. Program in Adult Education.
Thupten believes in the power of a flourishing smile, and has dedicated his life to promoting compassion for individual and universal peace. The Center has recently published Thupten’s first book of poetry, Peace – Rhythm of My Heart.