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Restorative Practices

Students having a discussion

“It’s about bringing people together in a safe, confidential space so they can have the difficult conversations that will help them begin to move forward.”

In an effort to strengthen a culture of respect, the University is launching an initiative focused on restorative practices, a method of conflict resolution that can be an effective way to rebuild trust when conflict arises.

Beth Olivares, dean for diversity in Arts, Sciences & Engineering (AS&E), has taken a leadership role in this initiative, working with other administrators and faculty. Olivares and a steering committee, including faculty from AS&E, the Warner School of Education, and the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, have engaged restorative practices experts Toni McMurphy and Duke Fisher.

According to McMurphy and Fisher, restorative practices employ informal and formal strategies and processes to encourage authentic communication and support collaborative conflict resolution. It’s about bringing people together in a safe, confidential space so they can have the difficult conversations that will help them begin to move forward. Most of all it’s about respect, trust, and holding people accountable in ways that restore community and help ensure safe environments to study, work, and live.


How Restorative Practices Work

What restorative practices are NOT:
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Leniency
× Skirting responsibility
× Avoiding difficult conversations
× Glossing over
× A guaranteed apology
× Pretending everything is OK
× Forced closure

What restorative practices actually involve:
Honest authentic communication
Identifying and repairing harm
Accepting responsibility and being accountable
Rebuilding trust and community
Collaborative problem-solving
Working with those who CHOOSE to participate
Collateral healing
Guiding principles

(Source: Skidmore College Project on Restorative Justice)


Register for a Training Session

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to receive training on restorative practices at one of the following workshops. The sessions will introduce the circle process and ways that restorative practices can enhance communication, demonstrate how to use a restorative lens to manage conflict, and provide methods for enhancing collaboration in meetings.

Introductory Training

Thursday, September 20, 2018 from noon - 4 p.m. in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409

Register

Advanced Training*

Monday, September 17, 2018 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409
Thursday, September 20, 2018 from 10:30 - noon in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 1 - 5 p.m. in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 1 - 5 p.m. in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409
Friday, November 16, 2018 from 1 - 5 p.m. in Haven's Lounge, Wilson Commons Room 409

Register

*Please note that advanced training is only for those who attended an introductory training this past summer.


University of Rochester Quadcast

Rochester implements restorative practices

In this episode of the Quadcast podcast, Beth Olivares, Toni McMurphy, Duke Fisher, and Kristin Doughty talk more about restorative practices and what they hope to accomplish with the ongoing initiative.

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Questions?

For more information, please email Beth Olivares.