Restorative Responses for Campus Climate in the Post-Election Era

with David Karp, Dr. Julie Shackford-Bradley, Jasmyn Story

About This Course

Since the November 2016 elections, campuses have had to address a new wave of climate issues, even as we continue to respond to cases that arise with regularity. In this live briefing, we will discuss the tools and strategies for responding restoratively to cases of miscommunication or more intentional forms of discrimination across racial, ethnic, religious, gender and class differences, as well as sexual misconduct and harm. The restoratvie justice emphasis on harm, accountability and the needs of all involved can open spaces for new conversations, enhanced understanding across difference and sometimes, real transformation. At the same time, restorative approaches are more effective when they are first used preventatively, that is, as a means of building communities of empathy and care.

The live briefing will address the following:

  • community building circles for promoting empathy and care
  • holding circles to build solidarity and discuss social justice issues
  • responding to harm with restorative conversations, conferences and circles
  • the critical importance of preparation before bringing parties together
  • the value of impact statements 
  • creating spaces for accountability and making things right
  • enhancing normative responses (sanctions and more) with circles for healing and/or reconciliation
  • the essential participation of administrators and staff

Learning Outcomes

Participants of this session will be able to:

  1. articulate the value of impact statements; 
  2. identify the types of incidents on campus which might be addressed using restorative justice practices; and 
  3. understand the role of administrators, staff and  facilitators after a bias incident.

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