Julie Shackford-Bradley, RJ Center Coordinator
Julie Shackford-Bradley is the co-founder of the Restorative Justice Center and has been the acting coordinator for two years. For the past 10 years, and most recently in UC Berkeley's Peace and Conflict Studies program, Julie has taught and researched Restorative Justice and Community-based Justice in both Kenya and Uganda as well as Human Rights in the US and around the world. She is a trained mediator and RJ practitioner, and is passionate about promoting RJ at UC Berkeley by forging connections between UC students and Bay Area RJ organizations in order to build capacity and share resources.
RJ Student Leaders
Ernesto "Ernie" Bracamonte
Ernie is a second year studying Environmental Sciences in the college of natural resources. As a Restorative Justice Student Leader, he enjoys facilitating and participating in circles that discuss the intersectional aspects of RJ with the school to prison pipeline. In the rare event that he does have free time, he enjoys creative writing, cooking vegan foods, and hanging out with friends. This year, Ernie hopes to survive the final wave of lower-division requirements and maintain balance in his life through the art of napping.
Tasnia Chowdhury is a second year student intending to major in Global Studies and minor in Global Public Health. As a first generation student who is also a POC, Tasnia wants to start a dialogue about mental illness in POC communities as well as inclusivity on campus. Some goals Tasnia wants to work on this year are helping create a stronger social media presence for the RJ Center, learning and teaching others how to self-care in times of stress, and exploring outside her comfort zone.
As a Restorative Justice Center Student Leader, Lauren looks forward to helping the Center actualize its goal of spreading restorative justice throughout the UC Berkeley campus and surrounding communities. Lauren is in her final year as a Global Studies major focusing on peace and conflict. She hopes to one day transform her experiences at Cal and the Restorative Justice Center into a career in international human rights law and looks forward to implementing restorative practices into her work in post conflict communities. As a student parent, Lauren is deeply passionate about expanding restorative justice into the education and judicial systems in order to end the school to prison pipeline and reshape American policy and practice on what justice looks like after harm and conflict occur.
Diana Ramirez-Hernández is a 5th year undergraduate student double majoring in Spanish & Integrative Biology. She was drawn to RJ because of its approach in using human connection to resolve conflict. She believes that communication, accountability, and understanding are key to an individual's overall well-being. Diana also serves as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Unit 2 and promotes RJ's community-building strategies with her residents. When she is not working or doing school work, Diana enjoys weekly dates with friends and singing in her spare time.
Salomé Ragot is a fourth year majoring in Spanish and Global Studies with a focus on Peace & Conflict. Coming from a French immigrant household, Salomé grew up immersed in both cultures, surrounded by a strong international community. Because of this, she places a strong value on creating connections across cultural differences. She is interested in RJ because it links her passion for social justice and activism with her interest in community building and conflict resolution. Salomé worked for two years as a student leader at the RJ center where she co-facilitated the decal, participated in RJ trainings and events, and developed the website and she is now the RJ community manager.
Katie is from the Heart of the Bay: Hayward, California. She is currently studying Legal Studies. She hopes to be able to bring change in the government. She is passionate about helping those who suffer due to injustices. She admires her parents for their dedication and perseverance. They have taught her how to work hard, how to love, and how to be the best version of herself. She is drawn to restorative justice because she believes in the power of rehabilitation. She appreciates moments with genuine, heartfelt dialogue. In her free time, she practices guitar and spends time with her family.
Jacqueline "Jackie" Rodriguez
My name is Jacqueline but you are welcome to call me Jackie for short ! (: I am a 4th year transfer student, currently studying sociology in hopes of utilizing the knowledge I acquire to give back to my community. I have always been interested in studying society as a whole in order to fix problems that affect us all directly and indirectly. I believe restorative justice is vital in achieving equality within communities because it offers alternatives to injustices through community building circles, which allows a space for people to address harm and needs. After taking a decal on RJ, I wanted to continue practicing RJ and teaching others on RJ practices, which is why I decided to join RJL and SVSH. Once I graduate, I hope to continue implementing the core values of RJ in my future career as a teacher/lawyer.
Nilda Ruiz is a fifth year majoring in Conservation and Resource Studies with a minor in Math and Science Education (CalTeach). Nilda is a first-generation college student that migrated with her family from Mexico when she was a year old to a city in California named Coachella. The idea of preventing harm and learning to heal from harm without resorting to immediate punitive punishments drew Nilda to restorative justice. She is passionate about the environment and teaching others to respect and restore our environment. Nilda is drawn to environmental justice and believes restorative justice has a role in protecting the environment and communities within. As an education minor, Nilda strongly believes restorative justice also has a place within the educational system in order to help at-risk students deviate from harmful practices and be better members within school communities and beyond. When she is not studying or working, Nilda likes to watch movies, exercise and practicing self-care such as applying face masks and napping.
RJ Center Graduate Student Liaison
Teresa Anderson is a second year Master of Social Welfare graduate student in the Strengthening Children, Youth, and Families concentration with the aspiration to work as a social worker in the school space. She moved to South Berkeley after spending two years working in a Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school which practiced restorative justice. After watching the school's culture transform under the implementation of RJ, Teresa was amazed at the power of this practice. She worked with the scholars in both community circles and harm circles-- building the children's sense of community, relationships, and ability to resolve conflict.
For the past year and a half, Teresa has served as the RJ Center Graduate Student Liaison with the desire to bring restorative justice to the different graduate student communities through experiential trainings that are applicable to their respective concentrations of study. Throughout this past year, Teresa has facilitated a series of community building circles for different graduate student programs, facilitated trainings for Berkeley academic advisors on conflict-resolution and harm reduction, and organized and facilitated a three-day graduate student inclusivity training certificate program. Additionally, Teresa also designed and implemented restorative justice trainings for the UC Berkeley Restorative Justice Student Leaders on a weekly basis.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys practicing yoga, backpacking and hiking in the great outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Ramsay is a second-year Burkinabe-American graduate student with the Master of Development Practice. His interest in development work roots in his exposure to global social and economic inequities that have largely been influenced by histories of conflict and colonialism. Ramsay completed a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a minor in Non-Profit Studies at George Mason University before taking on the entrepreneur lifestyle. Ramsay believes that modern development urgently needs a shift in consciousness that acknowledges harm inflicted on people, regions and nations and reflects values that are fundamental to Restorative Justice. His work towards these goals focuses on self-cultivation, restorative justice, diversity inclusivity, conflict resolution, youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and collaborative impact.