UMBC Restorative Practices
Building a Campus Community
- Are you an educator wanting to help your students or colleagues better manage conflicts?
- Are you a leader looking for ways to gain buy in and develop expectations and goals with your organizations?
- Are you looking for resources and guidance on techniques for classroom management?
- Do you want strategies to support community members coping with stress or trauma they carry with them onto campus?
Day One: Developing a Restorative Worldview
This workshop will challenge you to think differently about how you build relationships, build community with groups, and how we respond to conflict and incidents of harm. We will wrestle with the notions of discipline, conflict and justice through lecture, discussion, activities and role plays-looking closely at what our current systems are accomplishing and if the real needs of victims, offenders and communities are being met. Ultimately, we will emerge from day one of the workshop with ideas of how we can use restorative practices as a way of thinking about how we exist in community with others.
Day Two: Using Restorative Tools
This workshop focuses on practical skills to setup and host a circle, how to use different types of circles and concrete tools and techniques to support engagement from participants in the circle process. The workshop uses adult education and experiential learning techniques, as well as activities and discussion.
Circles can be used for:
Establishing agreements on how community members will interact and engage with each other;
Creating a sense of shared responsibility for maintaining agreements inside and outside of the classroom;
Offering a way to address issues and have an open and honest discussion of these issues;
Providing a way to address and deal with conflict.