On Saturday, April 11th, from 10:00am to 4pm, the Restorative Justice Center held our second annual conference at the Multicultural Community Center. With campus and criminal justice policies under fire for ignoring the needs of survivors of gender-based violence, people are looking for alternatives. This conference brought together academics and activists to explore the possibilities and limitations of Restorative / Transformative Justice in response to sexual violence and misconduct on campus and in communities that experience structural oppression.

Conference Schedule:

9:30 – 10:15 Registration

10:15 – 10:45 Keynote: Dr. Mary Koss

10:45 – 12:15 Workshop 1: Restorative Responses to Sexual Misconduct on Campus, facilitated by Dr. Mary Koss

This is an interactive workshop that invites your perspectives, ideas, concerns, and questions regarding the implementation of restorative approaches to cases of sexual misconduct on college campuses. How can we be more responsive to the needs of survivors? What are the needs and obligations of responsible parties and the broader campus community? How can we come together across differences to work on these issues with common goals and vision?

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch will be served

1:15 – 2:30 Panel Discussion: Restorative Responses to Gender-based violence in Communities, led by Lea Robinson

Panel members include:

Lea Robinson, Coordinator, Student Cooperatives

John Earl Dio, OUTLAW organization

Anya Montigny, Women’s Sexuality Expert

Christine Schoefer, Self Defense Arts Instructor

TJ Dunnivant, Cal Veterans

Mari Knuth-Bouracee, Director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Student Advocacy, UC Berkeley

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – 4:00 Workshop 2: Interactive workshop for envisioning alternative restorative practices in communities (prevention in your community; emphasizing the needs of survivors; making things right).

About Dr. Mary Koss, Keynote Speaker: Mary Koss PicMary Koss, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is co-editor a two book series for the American Psychological Association, Violence Against Women and Children (2011). She published the first national study on acquaintance rape in 1987 and developed the most frequently used survey to measure unwanted sexual experiences. She was the principal investigator of the RESTORE Program; the first restorative justice program for sex crimes among adults that was quantitatively evaluated. Her current projects include developing risk assessment and therapeutic approaches for those found responsible for campus sexual misconduct and a primary prevention program focusing on alcohol serving establishments. She is a member of the working group to develop a Best Practices manual for the assessment of campus climate and a second group to develop and advocate for innovation in collegiate response to sexual misconduct within OCR and VAWA guidelines. She has been selected by the American Public Health Association and the US Departments of Justice and Education to serve on the CDC Think Tank to create a comprehensive approach to sexual violence prevention as part of Not Alone: The First Report of the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

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