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 to Phoenix for 2 years. And then, before I went to Cal, I lived in San Diego.


Jackie: What is your role at the RJ Center?

Ollie: I work on outreach and media. I’m working on developing a comic book to show people what RJ looks like, but I wish I could get more involved in the DeCal.


Jackie: Why did you decide to work for the Restorative Justice Center?

Ollie: I reached out to the Center, and through this process, I realized it was something I wanted to work on for myself. One thing led to another, I applied for the job, got it, and here we are.  


Jackie: What do you think is the best part about working in RJ?

Ollie: The principles of the RJ manner are interesting. I knew I could be enthusiastic about this work. The more I learned about restorative justice versus punitive systems, the more I could really learn about these processes and the ramifications of having a punitive system versus a restorative one.


Jackie: What do you do in your free time?

Ollie: Felt work. I hang out a lot with my RA friends. I also like going to museums.


Jackie: Three words that describe what you hope for in 2018?

Ollie: Healing, diligence, self.



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