Humans of RJ: Nicole Nava

By Jackie Bueno This week, I’m highlighting Nicole Nava, a sophomore at UC Berkeley. Here’s her bio: Jackie: Where did you grow up? Nicole: Madera, California   Jackie: What is your role at the RJ Center? Nicole: My role at the RJ Center involves reaching out to other organizations about RJ. If they’re interested, we […]

Humans of RJ: Ollie Downs

By Jackie Bueno This week, I’m highlighting Ollie Downs, a junior at UC Berkeley and an RJ Student Leader.   Here’s their bio: Jackie: Where did you grow up? Ollie: I grew up in various places in the U.S. I was born in Vallejo and lived there for 7 years. And then, my family moved […]

Expectations For Justice After Sexual Harm

By Julie Shackford-Bradley “We cannot jail, fire or expel our way out of this crisis. We need institutional responses to sexual harm that prioritize both justice and healing, not one at the expense of the other.” UCB Alum and social activist Sofie Karasek has a new project, #InMyWords, which asks survivors of sexual harm to […]

#MeToo Movement Figures: Nidhi Chandra

By Jackie Bueno With the recent #MeToo movement, I think it’s important to understand and highlight figures on campus that are actively working to keep the #MeToo movement rampant on a school-wide level, especially on a campus as renowned and large as UC Berkeley. With that said, Nidhi Chandra is someone who I deeply respect […]

Talking About Sexual Harm


By Julie Shackford-Bradley  Last week, the RJ Center published an op-ed giving a brief explanation of how restorative processes can work in response to sexual misconduct. One comment I received informally about the op-ed addressed the use of the word “survivor” to refer to people who had experienced sexual harm: Some people don’t want to […]

Humans of RJ: Jonah Gercke

By Jackie Bueno Because I work with some pretty awesome people, each week I will highlight a student leader from our center. This week, I’m highlighting Jonah Gercke, a freshman at UC Berkeley and the RJ Student Documentarian. Here’s their bio: Jackie: Where did you grow up? Jonah: I grew up in Southern California. My […]

Black History Month Spotlight: Patty Midy

By Jackie Bueno Preface: In honor of Black History Month, I have chosen to highlight Black students from UC Berkeley that have been proactive in taking on leadership roles to address issues of inequity on campus. For the second feature of the month, I am highlighting Patty Midy, a Haitian-American womxn that became the first-ever […]

How Can Restorative Justice Address Gun Violence In The U.S.?

Photo Courtesy of CNN By Jackie Bueno  See link to CNN’s “Gunman confessed to Florida high school shooting, police say” for more context on the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida: The recent tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida is a devastating reality that unfortunately persists in America: repeated gun violence. However, how have politicians […]