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Index: Panel# 6: How does Empathy Show up in Your Restorative Justice Work?
Date:  07-31-12 


 ďBy peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy,
without violence, and creatively - a never-ending processĒ  Johan Galtung 
 

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 Panel 6: How does Empathy Show up in Your Restorative Justice Work?

 

Discussion Transcript and Outline:

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Panelists:

 

 Deb Witzel - Moderator

 

 

Iím Deb Witzel, the Executive Director for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership and CO-producer of the Colorado Restorative Justice Summit set for August 9, 10 and 11th in Denver. To learn more about that please go to rjcolorado.org

       
 

 Rea Blash

 

 

Rea Blash is a senior at Longmont High School and a third year member of the Student RJ Team. He is a trained facilitator, restorative mediator and community member. In addition to RJ, Rea is also a swimmer and a rapper. Rea was awarded the Si Se Puede award in 2011 for his incredible work and commitment on the RJ Team and his consistent, positive encouragement of his team members.

       
 

Laura Snider

 

 

Laura Snider is the Program Manager of Restorative Practices in Schools at the Longmont Community Justice Partnership. For the past 2 years, she has worked on a highly successful student-led RJ pilot project with high school students to develop skills as RJ facilitators, restorative mediators, youth community members and connection circle leaders.

 

In 2010, she graduated from the Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame with her Masters in International Peace Studies. Prior to her work in restorative justice, Laura worked with children with attachment disorders; adults with dual diagnoses of schizophrenia and some form of addiction; HIV+ clients involved in a music, dance and drama group in Kampala, Uganda; and the South Bend Human Rights Commission. She enjoys learning other languages, traveling, cooking and working with youth.

       
 

Beverly Title

 

 

Dr. Beverly Title, the founder of our organization and a longtime practitioner, trainer and leader of restorative justice.  After 21 years as a public school educator, Dr. Title founded Teaching Peace in 1994, now known as the Longmont Community Justice Partnership (LCJP), a not-for-profit agency that partners with police, courts and schools to deliver restorative justice services.

 

Dr. Title was awarded the Virginia Mackey Award for Leadership in Restorative Justice. She now works with reSolutionaries, Inc. with a focus on bringing restorative justice practices to schools and other communities. She is author of Teaching Peace: A Restorative Justice Framework for Strengthening Relationships.

       
 

Edwin Rutsch

 

 

Convener:  Edwin Rutsch is founding director of the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy. See his full Bio here.

 

       

 


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Title:  How does Empathy Show up in Your RJ Work?
Promo for 2012 RJ Summit
07-31-12 11am-12pm  Denver
 

Welcome to our panel discussion on Restorative Justice and Empathy

Introductions:

Iím Deb Witzel, the Executive Director for the Longmont Community Justice Partnership and CO-producer of the Colorado Restorative Justice Summit set for August 9, 10 and 11th in Denver. To learn more about that please go to www.rjcolorado.org.

It is my pleasure to have on the panel today,

  • Rhea Blash a student from Longmont High School and restorative justice facilitator,

  • Dr. Beverly Title, the founder of our organization and a longtime practitioner, trainer and leader of restorative justice.

  • Laura Snider

Each of these esteemed panelists has a unique perspective on restorative justice and the ways empathy shows up in this work.

I would like to start by asking:

  • Beverly, to describe briefly how restorative justice works.

  • Rea, why did you join the restorative justice team at your high school?

  • would you please briefly share with us your experience and how empathy showed up for you in the process?

Questions:

1. How do you all think restorative justice helps build empathy?
       Do you have a story of when you saw it or felt it?
2. When you are sitting in a restorative justice process how do you know when empathy is happening?
3. What ways do you work to build empathy when doing restorative justice?
4. What else would you like to say about restorative justice and empathy?

Thank you all for taking the time to share your wisdom and insights.

 Beverly Title will both be presenting at the Restorative Justice Summit in Denver next week. Rea has teammates who will be presenting as well.

For more information please visit www.rjcolorado.org

Thank you all for listening.