Lots of great opportunities to learn and share Restorative Practices this month!
The primary focus for me in September has been writing and revising my dissertation. I have a full draft due on October 8th, so am working away! Wish me luck!
I have also had some great opportunities for engaged practice this month. My colleagues, Haley and Sarah, and I were asked to participate in a campus event called Sex in the Hub. Billed as “the sex talk you wish you had,” the event focused on sexual health and consent, and also had a very powerful exhibit where you could listen to audio recordings of stories of sexual assault from students. It was heartbreaking and incredibly moving. We were there to facilitate circles as a way to debrief the experience of the exhibit.
On the training front, Chris and I led a half-day workshop on Leadership and Restorative Practices as part of the Leading People Program at VUW. It is great to see the University increasingly embracing the restorative vision! I also gave a talk about restorative justice to a study abroad group visiting Wellington and had the chance to bring circle practice to a local church community. You can read more about that experience here.
One of the things I had the most fun with this month was playing with the idea of how images can effectively portray the idea of restorative justice. I ended up commissioning an image of a Restorative Lady Justice from a local artist. You can read more about my thought process and see that image here.
You can check out the lasted edition of the Rotary Peacebuilder Newsletter reflecting on Sticks and Carrots here. My contribution is titled “Beyond the Carrot and the Stick.” We are also now sharing these newsletters on a Rotary Peacebuilder blog.
I contributed several pieces to the most recent Restorative Well, the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice newsletter. You can read that here.
Finally, I mentioned in July that David Karp visited VUW and gave an excellent lecture on the use of RJ for sexual assault cases in the university context. A recording of that lecture has now been posted here.