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
D'mani Thomas is a second year undergraduate student aiming to major in Media Studies and Social Welfare. He thinks that representations of people of color within the media often times justify negative treatment towards them in academic spaces and in everyday locations. He is drawn to restorative justice as a tool to help keep communities together, while they are constantly being attacked by a number of outside forces.
Sophie Bandarkar is a second year studying Political Economy and Public Policy. She was drawn to RJ because of her interest in criminal justice and her experience working with RJOY this summer in Oakland. Sophie is currently working with the RJ center on the mini-grant project, the DeCal class, and is facilitating circles for the South Asian community.
Adriana Reyes is a 3rd year Peace and Conflict Studies major with a History minor. She interns at RJOY (Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth) through the RJ Center as well as helping run the DeCal on Restorative Justice. Adriana was drawn to RJ because she wanted to explore different ways to establish cultures of peace before, during and after a conflict.
Salomé Ragot is a 1st year intending to major in Peace and Conflict Studies and hoping to minor in Spanish. 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 now works as a student leader at the RJ center where she develops the website and updates social media, in addition to participating in RJ trainings and events.
Grad Student Working Group
Pierre N. Tchetgen, RJ Center Graduate Student Strategist and Practitioner
Pierre is the leader of the Internet Community Arts and Media Partnerships (iCAMP) and a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. He holds a Bachelors in Computer Science and Economics Management from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Masters in Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley's School of Information. A poet and musician at heart, he has taught Philosophy, Music and Drama at Harold Washington College (one of the City Colleges of Chicago) and is the co-founder of Word Sound Life, a student-run organization at UC Berkeley whose mission is to improve student life and campus climate by integrating the elements of Africa’s oral tradition and hip hop culture (rhythm, voice, movement) to create open learning circles that effect personal and social transformation across the UC network of campuses, and beyond.
Dax Vivid is a graduate student at UC Berkeley and serves as the Wellness Projector Director through UCB Graduate Assembly. Dax sees Restorative Justice as a constructive and positive alternative to existing models of conflict resolution. Specifically, Dax is interested in understanding how RJ can be used for addressing adversarial relationships between individuals with institutionalized differences in power. Are you RJ?
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.