Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies

Promotes peace and a global beloved community through nonviolence.


Several nonviolence training options are offered through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. In addition to introducing various nonviolence concepts and practices to the broader population, the primary purpose of our training efforts is to develop nonviolence leaders and to develop educational programs and training centers that are essential in cultivating a nonviolent society. The trainings are also instrumental in promoting strategies to institutionalize nonviolence within various organizations and agencies.

The Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies offers various types of training depending on the needs of the organizations, agencies, schools, or community groups we are serving.

Presentations, workshops, credit courses, continuing professional development, youth programs, and certification training can be arranged.
Fees vary depending on the nature and length of the trainings, the number of participants, and the number of trainers required.

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Types of Trainings Offered

The following are options for trainings offered in nonviolent conflict reconciliation through the Center for Nonviolence and Peace Studies. The purpose of these trainings is to develop nonviolent leaders, expose people to various nonviolent concepts, and to develop schools that would be helpful in cultivating a nonviolent society. These trainings can also be used in learning strategies to institutionalize nonviolence in various organizations.

This course is a condensed version of the 2 Day Core, based on the needs of the participants/agency. It allows trainers to provide a specific audience with a glimpse of our work at the Center, the definition of nonviolence, and the basic tenants of the philosophy of Dr.Martin Luther King, Jr.

•TWO DAY CORE – Introduction to Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation•
This two day workshop gives participants a comprehensive introduction to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy and strategy of nonviolence. The seminar is useful for a variety of individuals, including those who work with young people, people who respond to conflict situations, and people who experience different levels of violence in their daily lives. It provides a framework for conflict reconciliation, management, mediation, and arbitration. The workshop is facilitated by two or more certified Kingian Nonviolence Trainers, who have completed Level I Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training, or higher.

The course consists of several modules. For example:

  • The concepts of nonviolence, such as classifying the different 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
  • A description of Martin Luther King’s 6 Principles of Nonviolence
  • An analysis of the 6 Steps of Nonviolence
  • A review of Martin Luther King’s campaigns and their salient points
  • Role play, lectures, and group exercises that illuminate the material

In addition, participants are provided with a briefing booklet and supplementary handout materials. Trainers may choose to present participants with video presentations and/or additional reading assignments. This course can be used for incentive credits.


This course is for participants from the same profession (i.e.: nurses, police departments, corporations, mental health organizations, teachers, etc). The first 2 days cover the same information provided by the 2-Day Core, listed above. The following days address issues specific to the profession. The goal is to develop strategies to address the specific professional needs of the organization.
Professional Development credits may be arranged for this type of training.


This course is offered through an intensive 2 week Summer Institute, which normally takes place at the URI Kingston Campus. Alternatively, hours can be arranged at off-campus locations. Up to six credit hours are available for this program. This course prepares participants to teach the introductory 2-Day Core. *Note: Level I Training may also be received in the form of a course at the University. Presently PSY478. The next Level I course will be held in the Spring of 2012.*


After participants have completed Level I training, and have experienced leading the training the 2-Day Core at least once, the Level II certification is offered. This includes independent analysis of organizing, technical skills for mobilization, and evaluation, intense study, and analysis of nonviolent movements for social change. Up to 12 credits are available for this program. All class fees will be negotiated based on the number of participants.


Ongoing Nonviolence Training and Education


  • INDIA – Nonviolence training in Jammu-Kashmir State. In partnership with the University of Jammu’s Gandhi Center for Peace and Conflict Studies. Co-training with Dr. Bueno de Mesquita were Professors Sapna K. Sangra and Seema Rohmetra, joined by Gandhi Center Director, Dr. Anurag Gangol.
  • GHANA – in collaboration with Youth Icons Ghana, training under the direction of Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita
  • NEPAL – NGO trainings in collaboration with COCAP (Collective Campaign for Peace) and SWD (Social Work for Development) Co-trainer Dr. Paul Bueno de Mesquita and Amy Dillon (Canada)
  • NEPAL- URI annual Alternative Spring Break in Nepal. Cooperating Nepali organizations include: COCAP SWD, and Tribhuvan University Peace and Development Studies Program, under the direction of Professor Hem Raj Subedee. With visits to Pushpa Basnet, CNN Hero 2012 , for her work with orphans of imprisoned mothers. For more information, visit our event poster.
  • NIGERIA – Nonviolence training initiated by former Center Director Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. in Nigeria as part of a national amnesty initiative. This program has provided a basic course in Kingian Nonviolence for the past several years to more than 20,000 individuals.



The Center conducts training at the national level at the request of school systems, community organizations, colleges and universities. These trainings are typically one and two day introductory core trainings based on the Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation training curriculum.

Trainings have included work in:

  • Massachusetts
  • Chicago
  • Arizona
  • Valparaiso University, Indiana
  • St. Anselms College, New Hampshire
  • Middlebury College, Vermont
  • Emory University, Georgia


  • Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institution – Men’s Prison training with Sgt. Linda Palazzo
  • Schools:
    • Chariho Middle School- with the Student Nonviolence Involvement Committee

    • The MET School- with the Student Nonviolence Involvement Committee
    • Broad Rock Middle School- with Robin Wildman & the Student Nonviolence Involvement Committee
    • Central Falls Schools - Second Step Violence Prevention Project with URI School Psychology graduate and undergraduate students under the supervision of Dr. Bueno de Mesquita
  • University of Rhode Island
    • PSY 478 – Semester-long Training-of-Trainers course (Spring 2012) with Bueno de Mesquita and URI student co-trainers
    • URI School of Education, Elementary Teacher Training with Kathryn Johnson


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