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
Emely Gonzalez is currently a junior Ethnic Studies major from Inglewood, California. Through her lived experience, she has learned that having faith in humanity can promise change—transformation even. Given where we stand today, as a nation, where topics such as mass incarceration, school to prison pipeline, and other social justice inequities have regained focus and are moving towards transformation; She can definitely see restorative justice as a catalyst to such change. Her hope is to use restorative justice to expand conversation within UC Berkeley and neighboring communities to show how external factors are delimiting for specific groups of people and thus sets them up for these unfavorable circumstances. Her aim is to raise awareness on this matter and help deconstruct long histories of knowledge that are often viewed as general, linear realities. She believes that doing so will provide rehabilitation and end the cycles of systematic disadvantage for targeted groups of people that are often P.O.C (people of color) with a low socioeconomic status.
Salomé Ragot is a 2st year intending to major in Global Studies with a focus on Peace and Conflict and hoping to minor in Spanish. As a French immigrant, Salomé grew up immersed in two 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 is in her second year working as a student leader at the RJ center where she co-facilitates the decal, participates in RJ trainings and events, and develops the website.
Diana Ramirez is a third year premed student majoring in Spanish and minoring in Calteach (math and science education). She was drawn to RJ because of its approach in using human connection to resolve conflict. She believes that communication and understanding are the keys to peace and overall well-being. When she is not working or doing school work, Diana enjoys singing and playing guitar.
Jacqueline is a Sociology major, and she is a student leader in the RJ Center serving as a point of contact between Greek Life and the Restorative Justice Center. Jacqueline is passionate about helping others, learning, and challenging any preconceived notions she has through learning about the other struggles people face in their daily lives. What drew her to the RJ Center was the mission centered around resolving conflict amongst groups of people and playing an active role in addressing conflict around social issues in a loving and compassionate manner, and she am honored to be part of a student group on campus that values making a difference in other people's lives.
Jonah Gercke is a freshman intending to major in Global Studies, with a concentration in Peace and Conflict in Latin America. Jonah is incredibly excited to be working with the Restorative Justice Center to create short documentaries about conflicts on campus through a restorative justice lens, as it is a perfect blend of his passion for journalism and conflict resolution. Jonah believes the Restorative Justice Center's approach to conflict resolution has the potential to affect drastic and important change on Berkeley's campus, and is grateful to be a part of the RJ community. In addition to his work with RJ, Jonah is currently editing a documentary he directed about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict entitled Borders, which will be released in early 2018.
José Fernandez was born in Los Angeles and raised by a Guatemalan immigrant mother and Chinese-Cuban immigrant father. For José, restorative justice started in the home where his mother would tell him stories of how she was disciplined growing up and how she would never treat him that way. His mother taught him early on, "Hay que hablar cuando hay problema," (We have to talk when there's a problem). Years later, José is now a fourth year undergraduate at UC Berkeley, majoring in Ethnic Studies and minoring in Education. He is interested in community-oriented leadership development to empower young people of color to assess, analyze, and address the issues in their communities. What drives José is a love for the people and the desire to serve them.
Nicole Nava Rubi
Nicole Nava is a 2nd year who intends to major in psychology and minor in education. Born and raised in Madera County--a school district which does not implement restorative justice practices--she joined the Restorative Justice Center with very little prior knowledge. However, she was immediately drawn to its efforts to address harm, resolve conflict, and restore relationships through non punitive means. Now, she hopes to expand her knowledge of and involvement with RJ so that she may spread awareness of its use and potentially bring these practices to more Central Valley school districts.
Grad Student Working Group
Sarah Brown is a 1st year student in the Masters in Social Welfare program focusing on Child and Family Services. Sarah has contributed to past efforts to reconcile long-standing conflict by traveling to Israel-Palestine and creating spaces for interreligious dialogue. Sarah seeks to spread the RJ message on campus because she observes and believes in the power of human relationships to create sustainable, positive change. She also hopes to use Restorative Justice practices in her future career as a school social worker and beyond!
RJC Research Fellows
Annie Gorden is a recent graduate from UC Berkeley where she studied Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. She is passionate about social and environmental justice, and is excited about using Transformative and Restorative Justice as a liberatory approach to transform violence and conflict, heal trauma, dismantle structural oppression, build stronger movements, and end the Prison Industrial Complex. She is currently a Research Fellow for the Restorative Justice Center where she is researching Transformative/Restorative Justice models as a response to campus sexual violence as a way to provide survivors with safety, healing, and justice and hold perpetrators accountable.
Wendie Yeung is a senior at Cal studying Economics with a minor in Public Policy. She is originally from Seattle, Washington and has always wanted to come to UC Berkeley because of the Free Speech Movement and its rich history of social justice activism. She is passionate about women's empowerment and improving campus safety. At the Restorative Justice Center, Wendie is a Research Fellow where she is researching policy, resources, and incidents surrounding sexual harassment on campus as well as the role of social media in sexual assault reporting and justice. On campus, she is also involved as a campus tour guide, Model United Nations, and the Vice Chancellor's Student Advisory Committee.