Fall 2020 Training

Training in Campus RJ Across Student Affairs (Three Days)

Restorative Justice Facilitator Training
for College Student Misconduct and for Campus Community-Building


November 11-13, 2020
9:00-5:00pm each day

University of San Diego
Registration Fee: $650 

(Includes lunches and The Little Book of RJ for Colleges and Universities)

Accommodations: USD has a great relationship with Bartell Hotels, which provides you with a discounted rate and 10% is donated by the hotels to student scholarships. When you reserve, just tell them you are attending a USD event (no special code necessary). USD/Bartell Hotels website

In this intensive training, you will gain a thorough understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, strong facilitation skills, practical information about program implementation, and the satisfaction of having participated in a powerful intellectual, emotional, and spiritually-uplifting training experience.

USD 2019 Open to student affairs administrators, faculty, students, and other staff interested in implementing restorative justice on their campuses for community building, addressing campus climate concerns, and student misconduct including bias incidents and Title IX.

Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Circles (Tier 1)

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

  • Circle Experience
    • Introduction to Circle Practice with a focus on the “5 C’s” of circles: convening, connection, concern, collaboration, and closing
    • Using circle practice to build community
  • Restorative Justice Defined
    • Exploring the definition and institutional alignment of RJ
    • The global RJ movement and its varied cultural traditions
    • Three tiers of campus practice
      • T1: Build and strengthen relationships
      • T2: Respond to conflict and harm
      • T3: Support reentry


(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm)

  • Circle Experience for Community-Building: The Talking Piece
    • Please bring a “talking piece” with you—an object you wouldn’t mind passing around the circle, but is meaningful to you and has a story you can share
  • Circle Design
    • Planning and preparation
  • Intro to RJ Conferences: Learning the Script

Day 2: Introduction to Restorative Conferences (Tier 2)

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

  • Evidence of Effectiveness
    • What does the research say?
  • Restorative Questions
    • Exploring the impact of RJ’s core questions
    • RJ practice for one-on-one support with RJ question cards.
  • Taking Responsibility
    • RJ referrals, apologies, and the nuances of denying and taking responsibility


(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm)

  • Listing and Brainstorming Harms and Needs
    • Translating participant narratives into concrete harms and brainstorming solutions
    • Identifying underlying needs in order to customize solutions
  • RJ Conference Role Play

Day 3: Introduction to Restorative Reintegration (Tier 3)

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

  • Restorative Reintegration
    • Reentry support circles for students on leave
  • Campus Climate Circle
    • Experience and design a circle
  • Trauma-Informed RJ Practice
    • Harmed party awareness in RJ process

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – ~3:00 pm)

  • Strategic Planning
    • Next steps for implementation
  • Self-Assessment and Integration
  • Closing Experience, Evaluations and Group Photo!

Training Team

David Karp portrait.David R. Karp, PhD

Director of the Center for Restorative Justice 
Professor of Leadership
Curriculum Vita (with links to publications)

David Karp is a professor and director of the Center for Restorative Justice in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego. His current scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and educational settings. For his work on campus restorative justice, he was the recipient of the 2019 Leadership and Innovation Award from the National Association of Community and Restorative Justice as well as the 2011 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than one hundred academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and UniversitiesWounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty and The Community Justice Ideal. David serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College. David received a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Washington.

Nina HarrisNina

Education Specialist
Office of Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Harvard University

Nina is an experienced student affairs specialist and restorative justice practitioner who brings more than fifteen years of direct experience in higher education administration, student engagement and campus sexual violence prevention and education. She has provided crisis and resource counseling for hundreds of survivors of gender-based interpersonal violence and sexual harassment. As a campus administrator, she has worked tirelessly to help educational institutions cultivate compassionate and transformative campuses actively engaged in violence prevention and healthy community building. Nina has formerly held the roles of advocate, educator and TIX case manager at Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. As a consultant, she has worked with dozens of institutions to provide innovative and engaging educational programming, facilitate restorative dialogues, deliver staff training and professional development, and support in policy development.

Sean Horrigan, PhDSeanHorrigan.jpg

Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan, PhD, is the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego (USD). Previously, he served as the Director of Student Conduct and founded the restorative justice program at USD implementing restorative practices across various functional areas in Student Affairs. Sean has a PhD in Leadership Studies from USD and has served as a Lecturer in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is a Core Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Business and Management at National University, teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development.  He serves on the leadership team for the RJNCC (Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses) and is a restorative justice facilitator and trainer with the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego.