Restorative Justice Events at WIHEA
We have been holding various, interesting events on the topic of Restorative Justice through our Learning Circle on Restorative Justice in Higher Education.
Below you can find information, resources and recordings for all of them.
Restorative Justice in Higher Education Learning Circle
Led by Dr Jane Bryan (Law) Dr Imogen Davies (WMS) and Dr Amanda Wilson (Law), this Learning Circle aims to:
- Explore how Restorative Justice works in other institutions (within and outside of HE)
- Explore the literature on Restorative Justice and develop an evidence base relevant to Warwick
- Engage with stakeholders from across the university and explore ways in which Restorative Justice processes might be used at Warwick
During this event, experienced restorative facilitators conducted a mock restorative justice ‘conference’ to show how they would conduct a meeting between a person who caused harm and the person they have harmed.
It can be difficult to know how to begin becoming a restorative university. Speaker Suzanne Belleci (Center for Restorative Practises, Amhurst College), shared her experiences of introducing restorative practises into the university.
This symposium brought together experts with experience of RJ in a range of contexts, who examined the rationale, extent and effectiveness of restorative justice and its place in a higher education setting as a possible way to repair harm and re-educate the harmer about the needs and values of the university community.
Following on from the WIHEA Symposium 'Restorative Justice in Higher Education' on 22 April 2021 which looked at the higher education context generally, this webinar represented an opportunity for staff and students at Warwick to explore how restorative justice (RJ) practices may fit within our practices, for example, in teaching or dealing with disagreement or discipline (such as plagiarism).
Seminar: An online screening of a film on RJ 'Circles' with live talk with filmmaker Cassidy Friedman and the central character, Eric Butler
The event showed the Circles documentary and then presented an after-talk with the central character, Eric Butler, and the film director, Cassidy Friedman, who discussed the film, their relationship and their experience of using restorative justice in an education setting.
Restorative justice provides an alternative approach to dealing with sexual harm. In this symposium, we explored what restorative justice can offer victims/survivors, the risks and benefits of taking part in restorative processes, and whether restorative justice can contribute to the prevention of sexual harm on campus by effecting cultural change.
Jacob Dunne has personal experience of restorative justice. At the age of 18, he killed a man with a single punch. In prison, he was introduced to the man's parents through a restorative justice programme. This talk explains his experiences and what he learnt about accountability and restorative approaches.