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
Diana Ramirez is a fourth 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.
Juliette Tafoya is a second year intended Computer Science major and Public Policy minor. This is her second year working with the Restorative Justice Center as a community manager. Juliette loves UC Berkeley and wanted to bring forth restorative practices throughout student life on campus because of the different divisive events happening in the world today. She wants to bring people together through conversation to mend divides and heal wounds. She co-founded the student organization Restorative Justice League at Berkeley because she wanted to involve students on campus to take on bigger roles in their campus communities and implemented and teach restorative practices with other students. She enjoys coding and spending time with her family, and wishes to do more research within California to come up with solutions, alongside state government, on how we can improve the public education system to provide better access to technology and coding courses to low income K-12 students.
Sadushi De Silva
Sadushi is excited to be joining the RJ team as a co-community manager this academic year. Her three years of study at UC Berkeley have been based in the Ethnic Studies department with an interest in Urban Studies. Born and raised in Inglewood, Sadushi has a profound love for LA. She is particularly fascinated by the relationship between urban space and community interaction, driven by her deep admiration for the most human displays of the love and conflict in beloved communities of color. Her other hopes and dreams move in the direction of prison abolition, community healing, and a time for collective reflection. The person Sadushi admires the most in the world is her Mom. Her mom is a daily inspiration to be as dope, strong, hard-working, grateful, and self-sufficient as she can be. Recently, Sadushi has been asking herself what are her place, space, time & limits in the revolution? One of her immediate goals includes learning how to truly keep it real with others—in a healthy way. Ideally, in her free time, Sadushi loves reading literature and works by authors of color, as well as seeking alternative knowledges when finding holes in her life-long, ahistorical miseducation.
Anashe is an East Bay native and is majoring Legal Studies with a focus in International Law. She is passionate about approaches to conflict resolution on an ethno-religious scale and would like to be a part of drafting negotiations in the European Commission and the International Criminal Court. Anashe admires her mother who traversed a violent civil war and has inspired her studies and passions. Currently, she writes for a few UC Berkeley-based journals, including the Review for International Conflict and Security. She is excited to be working with the Restorative Justice Center and currently runs the weekly Decal on Restorative Practices in Context.
Tasnia Chowdhury is a first year student intending to major in Global Studies and minor in French. 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. She is inspired by Alice Roosevelt, a strong and fearless role model (fun fact: she cut her wedding cake with an actual sword). Some goals Tasnia wants to work on this year are helping set up the RJ student org, becoming a youth tennis coach, reading for fun again, and learning how to open jars without any help.
Ernesto "Ernie" Bracamonte
Katie is from the Heart of the Bay: Hayward, California. She is currently studying Legal Studies and Music. 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 hopes to create new relationships and develop great bonds in her circles.
Misana Viltz is a 5th year student athlete on the track team at UC Berkeley studying Political Science with a minor in Education. He plans on becoming an elementary school teacher upon graduating in the Spring where he can bring Restorative Justice into the classroom. His passion for community building and healing has drawn him to become a Restorative Justice Student Leader where he facilitates conflict resolution through human connection.
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.
Kyndall is a self proclaimed Social Justice advocate and Warrior poet. They are from the South side of Los Angeles, California. They have an older and younger sister and a mother who cares for them all on her own. Kyndall feels like where they come from and the community in which has raised them, ultimately has had a direct impact on how they see themselves as an African American, Queer-identified, Artistic, and self expressive individual. One of the most life changing experiences that has shaped them in terms of character and spirit, would be when they cut their hair and made the decision to go natural the summer before Junior Year started in High School. Kyndall continuously reflects on their experiences of growing up in an Anti-Black/Colorist Household and environment, and learning the ways in how do they effectively navigate through this world from a multi-lensed perspective on their overlapping identities. These current and recent journeyed experiences of finding purpose in self existence and perfection in their "flawed" image, ultimately sit at the core of them. Aforementioned, it is from their growth of wisdom coupled with their reality and life experiences, that they define themselves to be an advocate at heart and a warrior poet in their art. They love being a service to community, and enjoy meeting, loving and helping people. They're currently studying Sociology and African American Studies on a Pre-Law track and hope to use their knowledge to build and reform the Institution and System for equity.
RJ Center Graduate Student Liaison
Teresa Anderson is a first year Master of Social Welfare graduate student with the aspiration to work as a social worker in the elementary school space. She just moved to the Berkeley area 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.
In coming to Berkeley this year, Teresa sought to continue to grow this passion for RJ at the university level. She serves as the RJ Center Graduate Student Liaison and hopes to bring restorative justice to the different graduate student communities through experiential trainings that are applicable to their respective concentrations of study.
In her free time, Teresa enjoys practicing yoga, backpacking and hiking in the great outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and reading.