Nonviolent Communication

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a communication practice developed by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D. It is taught around the world to address global conflicts and personal issues. NVC guides us to connect the feelings and thoughts that arise in a given situation with what actually matters to us on a deep level. When we are able to connect our actions and the actions of others to our deep values, much of our judgment can be transformed into compassion. When we are in touch with that compassion, we are more likely to act in ways are effective and reflect those values. As a communication tool in which both sides of a conflict can be heard and understood, NVC is applied to intra and interpersonal issues in the community and to many of the global issues that are confronted in Peace Studies, Global Issues and Environmental Science. It is practiced by many community members in their daily lives, classes are offered to staff each semester, and it is taught in the classroom to semester students for two hours per week.


  • Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall Rosenberg
  • Speak Peace in a World of Conflict by Marshall Rosenberg