Restorative justice is about building relationships, open and honest communication, repairing harm, equal voice, respect, empathy and healing. This workshop will introduce the concept of restorative justice and present examples of how it is being deployed in Chicago today.
Peace circles are one example of this practice. They create safe spaces for authentic youth and inter-generational engagement. We will discuss this practice then form a peace circle. Come experience the power of the circle as we explore ways to build positive relationships and healthy communities through restorative justice.
Download an introduction to restorative justice from the Adler School's Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice.
The fee for this event is $10. Please register via EventBrite @ http://restorative-justice-9-23-14.eventbrite.com. You can post ideas and comments on the Facebook page we created at http://tinyurl.com/Intro-Restorative-Justice-FB.
About the instructor: Nancy Michaels is the Associate Director of the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation at Roosevelt University. She earned a BA in Social Justice and an MA in Sociology from Roosevelt University. She is a highly collaborative and driven change agent with a passion and focus for moving social justice initiatives forward by building relationships and raising consciousness through research, thought provoking programming and community engagement. Her graduate research, involving the white response to black integration on the Southwest and West sides of Chicago, has to do with how segregation affects racial identity and the social construction of whiteness. Other areas of interest and activism lie in juvenile justice, racial equality, Restorative Justice and more broadly, raising awareness around the societal structures, policy and institutions that lead to the marginalization and criminalization of whole communities in urban environments.