The Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice
The Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice transforms the way the people and communities of southern Oregon manage and resolve conflict and repair from harm.
Resolve has been serving southern Oregon communities since 1990, helping people manage conflict through mediation, restoring harmed relationships and communities through dialogue and mentorship, and advancing peace through education and training.
Keynote Imagining Justice in School: What is possible?
This keynote will invite us into a collective vision for what a just, equitable, and relational education system could look like. Stories, data, and examples will be used to illustrate the promise of restorative justice for addressing individual and systemic harms, supporting racial equity, and creating meaningful relationships and community at school. How can we, as a community of southern Oregon educators, expand our concept of justice to address the complex issues facing our education system today?
Session I: Introduction to Restorative Justice in Schools
Restorative justice is a trauma informed set of principles and practices that supports schools in strengthening communities, repairing harm, and restoring relationships when wrongdoings occur. When applied in schools, restorative justice contributes to greater equity through demonstrated reductions in suspension, expulsion, and behavior referrals, increases in attendance and graduation rates, and a strengthened sense of belonging and community throughout the school climate. This presentation will offer an introductory overview of restorative justice and examples of the applications in a school setting. It is designed for those new to restorative justice or who want a refresher.
Session II: Aligning Restorative Justice with an Equity Lens
Restorative justice holds the promise of creating equitable spaces and outcomes. However, if not practiced with clear intention, these practices can cause further harm and perpetuate systems and processes of inequity. This workshop will highlight questions we should be asking, practices we should be adapting, and filters we should be applying to ensure our restorative justice initiative is truly equitable. This workshop is open to all but designed for those with some knowledge of restorative justice practices.
Raphaelle (Raphi) Miller, Director of Education & School Services
Raphi began working with Resolve in 2011, assuming the role of Director of Education & School Services in 2013. In her work as a restorative justice practitioner, trainer, coach, and consultant, Raphi supports schools in system-wide implementation of restorative justice practices. Raphi works collaboratively to advance restorative justice in education through participation in regional collective impact initiatives. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Oregon University with her B.A. in Human Communication, certificates in Conflict Resolution and the Management of Human Resources, and a minor in Business Administration and she expects to complete her Master’s in Public Administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill this fall.
Cara Walsh, Director of Restorative Justice
As the Director of Restorative Justice, Cara has been working to support the development, implementation, and delivery of restorative justice services since 2010. In addition to providing training, consultation, and coaching on a local level, Cara works for the advancement of restorative justice throughout the region via her leadership with the Restorative Justice Coalition of Oregon and the Transforming Justice Advisory Committee. Her professional and educational experience is grounded in her passion for creating and facilitating integrative opportunities and experiences for community engagement, empowerment and transformation. Cara earned her M.A. from Prescott College.