Restorative Justice Across Student Affairs
In this intensive training, we will introduce you to restorative justice practices for building campus community and responding to student misconduct and campus climate issues. We will discuss restorative justice principles, various campus restorative practices, research findings, and how to restorative justice supports student development.
Restorative justice is gaining popularity on college campuses as a philosophical and practical response to issues of campus climate and student misconduct.
This training will introduce participants to the “whole campus approach” to RJ, which includes three tiers of intervention. The first is designed for prevention education and intended for all members of the campus community—students, faculty, and staff. The goal is to build and strengthen relationships, foster trust, and develop interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills.
In times of political polarization, free speech debates, and increased attention and action around incidents of bias on campus, restorative responses and restorative conversations can help in de-escalating situations in the moment and promoting deep listening and social-emotional learning across differences.
When an incident of harm occurs, Tier II restorative conferences can address the harm as an alternative or supplement to formal/adversarial hearings. These are facilitated dialogues that include harmed parties, those who caused harm, and support people that help (a) individuals accept and acknowledge responsibility for their offenses, (b) to the best of their ability repair the harm, and (c) work to reduce the risk of reoffense by building positive social ties to the community and improving campus climate.
Through restorative approaches, supportive environments are created for real conversations about the role of race, gender, economic, religious, and power differences in conflict and harm situations, and for understanding how cumulative impacts of harm may extend beyond the scope a single incident.
Tier III restorative interventions assist with the reintegration of students who have been suspended. Not only are these students anxious about how they will be received upon their return to campus, but the wider community needs reassurance that they will be responsible and committed to causing no further harm. Reentry circles are designed to provide both support and accountability.
The training will provide theory, evidence, and experiential learning opportunities for student affairs professionals interested in learning the philosophy and practice of the whole campus approach to restorative justice.
Develop an understanding of the philosophy and principles of restorative justice
Gain familiarity with restorative practices and models and discover how they are applied in a campus setting
Become introduced to restorative justice facilitation techniques
Learn about the effectiveness of restorative justice practices based on current research
Understand the relationship between restorative justice and other models of adjudication
Explore practical “next steps” in implementing restorative justice in a campus community
Explore the tensions and challenges of addressing political, ethnic, racial, religious, gender and other differences and power imbalances in restorative practice