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January 4th, 2019 - A Day of Community Building and Conversation about Equity and Conflict.

Thank you for your interest in the workshops and activities offered by Professional Development. Our most recent workshop, Strategies for Bystander Intervention for Bullying in the Workplace, was well received by attendees. Please join us on January 4, 2019 as we expand upon these important conversations with the addition of another expert in the Restorative Justice area. The formal presentation will be uploaded upon completion.

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Registration and Light Breakfast (8:00 – 8:30 am)

Session 1:  Building Community on Campus
(8:30 – 10:30am)
Learn and practice skills needed to engage with community, strengthen and expand it, and make important contributions.
Participants will:

  • learn how community building circles strengthen relationships and build trust in a classroom, staff or committee meeting setting
  • explore topics that build trust in a circle process
  • develop respect agreements as a foundation for community building

Session 2:  Reframing Conflicts: Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships through Restorative Conversations
(10:45am – 12:45pm)
Through the restorative process, we will transform conflict into an opportunity for empathy, accountability, and equity.
Participants will:

  • engage with the restorative process to resolve conflict through affective statements, restorative questions, and restorative conversations
  • grow their capacity as Restorative Justice facilitators to foster cultural competency and equity
  • explore the role of empathy in addressing conflict and strengthening interpersonal relationships

Lunch (12:45 – 1:45)
Session 3: Cultivating a Culture of Respect: Building Equitable Relationships
(1:45 – 3:45pm)
Re-storying the narrative to heal the harm caused by workplace bullying.
Participants will:

  • examine the impact of workplace bullying on interpersonal relationships and campus culture  
  • develop tools to strengthen community through Growth Mindset and Restorative Justice
  • generate suggestions for the development of policies, practices, and systems that incorporate Restorative Justice

Presenter Biographies:

Jessalyn Nash, an author, consultant and international trainer in restorative justice and trauma-informed work, has assisted legal and educational institutions in implementing transformative processes for over twenty years. She led a national restorative justice initiative and taught courses on conflict resolution and restorative justice at Sonoma State University and Empire Law School. Ms. Nash’s clients include UNICEF, the National Park Service, and Ventura Office of Education.
Ricky Robertson is an educator, author, and consultant who assists educational institutions in developing culturally-responsive, trauma-informed systems of support and Restorative Practices. He is the co-author of the recently published book, “Building Resilience in Students Impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences: A Whole-Staff Approach.”  In a field that is highly susceptible to burn out and compassion fatigue, Ricky has helped schools and colleges move beyond coping with adversity to growing, healing, and thriving.