Conference Speaker for the Gandhi-King Global Initiative (GKGI) Conference: The Uplift of All: Gandhi, King, and the Global Struggle for Freedom and Justice; October 11-13, 2019
Born in Panjab, India, Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor learned the value of non-violence from his mentor, Gandhi. Dr. Kapoor came to the United States in 1963 and to the Valley in 1967 when he joined the Department (then School) of Social Work Education at California State University, Fresno. Since 1967, he has served as professor of Social Work, Community Development and Peace Studies at the University. He has sought, fought, and taught about peace and justice through nonviolence. His commitment to Gandhi’s vision, life, and teachings has been demonstrated in his leadership and achievements on both the California State University, Fresno campus and in the community. Dr. Kapoor was the founder and first director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program. He established and coordinated the “Stop the Hate and Build the Culture of Peace Week” at Fresno State and in the community. He is the founder of Peace Garden project that currently honors Gandhi, Cesar E. Chavez, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jane Addams. Dr. Kapoor has served on several boards and commissions locally and nationally. He served for 12 years (including 4 years as chair) as a member of the City of Fresno’s Human Relations Commission to which he was first appointed in 1992 by then Mayor Karen Humphrey. He is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Fresno Center for Nonviolence and has served on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee City of Fresno since its inception in 1984. Dr. Kapoor co-chaired Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development (now Peace and Justice Studies Association) and served as Co-Executive Editor of “Peace and Change” a noted Journal of Peace Research in the United States. He also served on the Board of International Peace Research Association and also on the board of International Peace Research Foundation. Dr. Kapoor was recognized by Fresno Bee as one of the 75 most influential persons within the Valley during Bee’s 75th Anniversary. He has received several legislative and congressional citations in recognition of his work at Fresno State and in the community.