General Information


All International Nonviolence Summer Institutes begin with an intensive experiential workshop giving participants a comprehensive introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy and strategy of nonviolence. The training is useful for a variety of individuals, including those who work with young people, people who respond to conflict situations, people of all ages and backgrounds who experience different levels of violence in their daily lives, and those individuals seeking justice, equality, and human rights through nonviolent social change. It provides a framework for conflict management, mediation, and ultimately reconciliation.

The Institute is facilitated by Center faculty and certified Kingian Nonviolence training staff, working in collaboration with distinguished visiting scholar, and senior trainer Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr.


The introductory workshop is followed by several days of in-depth study and discussion on the workshop topics, and a review of the Kingian Nonviolence model for conflict reconciliation and social transformation. Mastery of content is assessed throughout in preparation for the second week of training focusing on the skills necessary to plan and conduct nonviolence trainings. Participants complete the training by demonstrating both their depth of knowledge and their training facilitation skills.

Examples of training content include modules in:

  • The concepts of nonviolence; classifying various types and levels of conflict and distinguishing between violence, non(hyphen)violence, and nonviolence
  • Martin Luther King’s eclectic philosophy based on his writings and speeches
  • An examination of Martin Luther King’s 6 Principles of Nonviolence
  • An analysis of the 6 Steps of Nonviolence
  • A review of Martin Luther King’s key campaigns and their salient points
  • The role of music in social movements
  • Dynamic models of social change
  • Role plays, lectures, and group simulation exercises provide opportunities for application of the material

In addition, participants are provided with a 3 ring binder with training booklet and supplementary reading materials. Historical video, documentary and multimedia programs are presented that vividly portray the various topics.

Participants earn Level I certification as Nonviolence Training Affiliates of the Center, qualified as co-trainers in presenting the Kingian Nonviolence 2-Day Core workshop curriculum.

LEVEL II – ADVANCED TRAINING in Leadership, Organization, Mobilization

Level II Advanced Training is designed for individuals who have completed the Level I certification program and have acquired some co-training experiences. The Advanced Level II training is organized into a one week seminar format program examining nonviolent leadership, organizational factors, and the elements of a movement for conducting a successful nonviolent campaign. Dr. LaFayette will personally facilitate this seminar on a daily basis. Certification is also awarded upon completion of the course. Participants receive the Leader’s Guide and supplementary study materials.



For more information contact:
Thupten Tendhar