Interconnectivity is one of our core principles, so it is important to us to stay connected and build relationships with organizations on and off campus.
The ASUC Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) is a nonpartisan executive office in UC Berkeley’s student government. The office effectively serves as a campus public defender and provides free and confidential assistance for students who have disputes with the university. We have four divisions—academic, conduct, financial aid/residency, and grievance—all of which are composed of caseworkers who not only assist and represent students but also work on important policy projects around the university. SAO has worked with the university ombudsperson to develop a more restorative approach to mediating conversations between students, faculty, and staff. Furthermore, in our individual representation of students, we strive to help students understand community impact and to critically analyze restorative practices to ensure a holistic solution to the issue at hand. Contact SAO: firstname.lastname@example.org or (510)-642-6912.
The Restorative Justice Committee was founded by a group of Berkeley law students who were critical of the current mass incarceration system in the US. In restorative justice, they saw a much more humane and holistic way of addressing crime and its consequences. The Committee became a space for law students to learn more about the restorative justice framework and how it applies in a variety of settings: prisons, schools, community organizations, and even law school classrooms. Today Committee members attend restorative justice symposia and weekly meetings in San Quentin State Prison, where they sit in circles with incarcerated people, learn from their experiences, and contribute to their growth.
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RJOY works to interrupt cycles perpetuated by punitive school discipline and juvenile justice policies through using restorative approaches that engage families, communities, and systems to repair harm as well as prevent repeated offending. RJOY gives training, education, and technical assistance with West Oakland Middle school, community, juvenile, justice, and research partners.
With an ultimate vision to be a part of a Full Service Community District in OUSD, this pilot program provides a positive, equitable, and caring climate that uses conflict resolution processes inclusive to the entire school community. Their programs have decreased referrals for suspension and expulsion, increase student’s feeling of safety at the school, increase attendance rates and teacher retention, provided an equitable schoolwide and classroom environment, and provided a foundation and process for positive youth development and social emotional learning.
SEEDS mission is to help people resolve conflict through mediation, facilitation, training and RJ. SEEDS sees conflict as an opportunity for positive growth that can help build a future where all individuals and communities contain the skills to participate in effective dialogue and peacefully resolve issues and conflicts. SEEDS offers a 12-week RJ Community Building and Conflict Resolution training that certifies participants in various restorative practices.
CircleUp Education is an Oakland-Based social enterprise with the mission of cultivating happy, thriving, and stress-free cities, organizations and schools. We accomplish this be working hand in hand with community members to design and facilitate custom training and consulting solutions related to conflict resolution, diversity and equity, Restorative Practices and professional development. CircleUp Education uses data-driven strategies to identify specific needs, assess the impact of interpersonal and institutional harm, and collaboratively construct tailored solutions that address root causes of injustice and community conflict. CircleUp Education’s pedagogy, philosophy and values are inspired by Co-Founder Tiffany Hoang and Tyrone Botelho’s research and course within the Peace and Conflict Studies Major at UC Berkeley. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKeCSuxOvIM
Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice in Oakland is a non-profit that promotes RJ programs, offers nonviolence trainings, and provides legal services in defense of civil and human rights. CURJY (pronounced ‘courage’) takes immediate steps to intervene in the legal fight in the proposed ‘gang injunction’ in the Fruitvale community. CURYJ represents defendants in the case of People v. Nortenos as part of its larger effort to spread community healing and empower youth. CURJY offers an alternative to pricey law enforcement programs that have little to no effect on the safety and health of Oakland. Their services include mental health, leadership development, job training, small business incubation, grassroots organizing, and policy advocacy.
CCEB works to encourage restorative practices and restorative school discipline at Richmond High School. They serve as alternative approach to suspensions and expulsions by promoting healthy supportive relationships, personal accountability, emotional literacy and connections to supportive communities as a tool that teachers and instructors can use in the classroom. The staff offers organization and facilitation in restorative circles and works closely with students who have caused harm as well as case management among some families. Catholic Charities partnered with the Restorative Juvenile Justice Task Force of Alameda County and RJOY to pilot Restorative Group Conferencing as a pre-adjudication alternative for youth in Alameda County in 2009. The project was so successful that Community Works, SEEDS, and Catholic Charities now provide restorative group conferencing county-wide.