#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: https://www.cnn.com/2018/02/15/us/florida-high-school-shooting/index.html The recent tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida is a devastating reality that unfortunately persists in America: repeated gun violence. However, how have politicians […]

Note To Stephen Colbert: No, Senators Were Not Playing “Kindergarten Games” When Using The Talking Stick


By Julie Shackford-Bradley Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi6MrDRy9OQ&t=2s This week, Stephen Colbert poked some fun at  “talking stick” of Senator Susan Collins of Maine, calling it part of a “kindergarten game.” The joke was that the bipartisan group of senators who’d come together to end the government shutdown senators could not even master the rituals of […]

An Advocate For ALL: UC Berkeley Student Kim Robledo Discusses The Importance Of Fighting For Immigrant Rights

Kim in Washington D.C. last December after a long day of lobbying.

By Jackie Bueno Preface: This article will discuss immigration, a very nuanced and complex topic that’s one of the main reasons for the recent government shutdown. Here’s a link to better understand immigration policies in the U.S. such as DACA: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/1/16/16879632/daca-bill-durbin-graham   Start of Article.   With the recent detainment of UC Berkeley student Luis […]