Starts: August 21, 2019 9:00 am | Ends: August 22, 2019 4:00 pm
Restorative Justice and Equity are intertwined. Restorative Justice is about changing systems to address harm more meaningfully and undo systematic patterns of institutional racism and oppression. Restorative Practices are the ways in which individuals and communities can more meaningfully build relationships, address harm when it happens, and work towards restorative justice. In this two-day introduction, explore why and how Restorative Justice can be a promising alternative to exclusionary practices in your school, workplace, or community group.
“It was a great balance of circle, lecture, group work and movement. The topic had me 100% engaged.”
“Two days of anti-racist, equity-informed, restorative justice training has got this educator/activist both bone-tired and fired up to flip the system on its head. Thanks Resolutions Northwest. Ya’ll rock!”
Restorative Justice is a valuable alternative to exclusionary practices when community problems occur. It seeks to restore community and repair harm while holding all involved accountable. In schools, for example, unacceptably high push-out rates disproportionately affect students of color, students with disabilities and youth who identify as LGBT. In the workplace people may be excluded also. In community groups “calling out” may happen on social media and cause additional harm, rather than there being real accountability, honest conversation and attempts to make things right.
Restorative Justice is not a prescribed program but a philosophy based on community building and repairing harm. We will discuss the components that can make the approach successful such as circles, restorative inquiries and dialogues, trauma and resiliency focus, relationship building, and equity-informed practices. We look at possibilities for implementation that are open to classroom teachers and other school personnel and that can be adapted for many other settings. While doing so we will keep a keen eye on equity issues. The workshop will be a combination of lecture, discussions, videos and hands-on practice activities.
By the end of this training we hope you will:
- Examine school push-out and the school to prison pipeline through an educational equity lens. Look at parallels in other systems.
- Have a deeper understanding of restorative practices such as circles, restorative inquiries and dialogues, trauma and resiliency focus, relationship building, and equity-informed practices.
- Learn and practice restorative communication skills
- Work on implementation plans in teams
- Prerequisite: None
- Trainers: Gabriele Ross & Stephen Fowler
- Date and time: August 21 & 22 from 9:00am – 4:00pm (lunch on your own)
- Location: Resolutions Northwest, 2538 NE Broadway, Suite A, Portland, OR 97232 – accessibility, transit, and other info here
Gabriele RossGabriele Ross brings with her two decades of working as counselor and advocate with marginalized populations such as youth struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, students who return from being incarcerated, students who are homeless, sexual minority youth and undocumented students in public schools in Seattle and in Vancouver, WA. Gabriele has a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution from Portland State University. She is active in social justice organizations and worked as an advocate with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, and as a community organizer. She came to the US initially as a volunteer for Action Reconciliation/Services for Peace, a German organization founded by survivors of the Nazi regime. She likes to be in her garden or on a dragon boat, or out running and biking. She is an avid soccer fan and volunteered for the Women’s World Cup twice as a translator.
Stephen FowlerStephen Fowler is a performing artist, activist, justice advocate, and community educator from Portland Oregon. Convicted as a teenager, sentenced to 7.5 years in the Oregon Youth Authority, Stephen used his time to educate and expand his understanding of self-worth, potential, and purpose using art forms. Stephen is now committed to educating community members, teachers, law enforcement, parents, and students about the practice of restorative justice for community rehabilitation and also showing adolescents the power of their own voice and story. Stephen is a co-founder of Verbal Escape, an employee of Resolutions Northwest, Black Educational Achievement Movement, and is affiliated with Morpheus Youth Projects.
August 21, 2019 9:00 am
August 22, 2019 4:00 pm
$490 (pay as you're able)
VENUEIntroduction to Restorative Justice
2538 NE BROADWAY, SUITE A PORTLAND, OR 97232
August 21, 2019 9:00 am
August 22, 2019 4:00 pm