Spring 2020 Training

Training in Campus RJ for Bias Response and Historical Harm (Three Days)
Restorative Justice Facilitator Training


February 17-19, 2020
9:00-5:00pm each day

University of New Orleans
Registration Fee: $600 

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


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. This training is equivalent to our 3-day training, Campus RJ Across Student Affairs, but focuses each example and experiential learning activity on issues of bias and historical harm. 

Swarthmore 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.

Day 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

Three Tiers of Campus Practice

  • Build and strengthen relationships
  • Respond to conflict and harm
  • Support reentry

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm 5:00 pm)

RJ Origins and Practices

  • The global RJ movement and its varied cultural traditions

Taking Responsibility

  • RJ referrals, apologies, and the nuances of denying and taking responsibility

RJ Conference Role Play

Day 2

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

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

A Bit of Restorative Theory

  • Why does RJ work?

Trauma-Informed RJ Practice

  • Harmed party awareness in RJ process

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 5:00 pm)

Evidence of Effectiveness

  • What does the research say?

Listing and Brainstorming Harms

  • Translating participant narratives into concrete harms and brainstorming solutions
  • Identifying underlying needs in order to customize solutions

RJ Conversations and Coaching

  • Exploring the impact of RJ’s core questions
  • RJ practice for one-on-one support

RJ Conference Role Play

Day 3

(Morning Session: 9:00 – 12:00)

Climate Circle Design

  • Planning and preparation

Restorative Reintegration

  • Reentry support circles for students on leave

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 3:00 pm)

Strategic Planning

  • Next steps for implementation

Self-Assessment and Integration

Closing Experience and Group Photo!

Training Team


Desirée Anderson, PhDDesiree Anderson

Associate Dean, Diversity and Student Affairs
University of New Orleans

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. The child of Naval personal she had the pleasure of living abroad in Belgium until she graduated high school. Desiree returned to the United States to live in Louisville, Kentucky where she completed both her Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Louisville.  Before coming to serve as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs at the University of New Orleans she worked as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California. She previously held positions as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University and as an Area Residence Director at Texas State University. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans studying The Use of Campus-Based Restorative Justice Practices to Address Incidents of Bias: Facilitators’ Experiences. Desirée is currently working on a book chapter in Colorizing Restorative Justice by Living Justice Press and in her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and watching an unnecessary amount of TV, especially ESPN.

Toni McMurphyToni McMurphy

Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator
Infinite Impact

Toni McMurphy specializes in the design of customized restorative processes and facilitating win-win outcomes in emotionally charged situations. She is an expert in creating safe and brave spaces that foster authentic dialogue around harm and accountability and unpack the distinction between intent and impact. Toni is known for inspiring people to bring out the best in themselves and each other in challenging situations and regularly facilitates courageous conversation in a wide variety of settings on myriad topics.  Recent projects include facilitating restorative responses to sexual misconduct cases, responding to bias incidents on campus and in communities where racial tensions are high and facilitating difficult conversations between students and administration, faculty and administration, management and employees and police officers and people who are incarcerated. Toni recently served as Vice President of Culture and Campus Life for St. Louis College of Pharmacy for six years, where she successfully integrated restorative practice in Student Conduct, Title IX cases, Bias Incident Response, and for numerous conflicts on campus. Toni McMurphy is the Founder of Infinite Impact. As an Organizational Development Practitioner for the past 25 years, she has worked with more than 65,000 people in over 230 organizations. Toni is a certified “Diversity Facilitrainer,” and is certified to teach Crucial Conversations, Unconscious Biasand the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.

Jasmyn Elise Story, MAJasmyn Story portrait.

Deputy Director of Social Justice
City of Birmingham, Alabama 

Jasmyn Elise Story is an RJ trainer and facilitator with expertise in K-12 schools and higher education, with a particular focus on and racial bias. She was previously the Assistant Director of the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College. Jasmyn has been an RJ coordinator at Black Diamond High School, an alternative school in the San Francisco Bay Area, for Partnership with Children, with a placement at a middle school in Brooklyn, and the JAGS Foundation in London. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization, The People’s Coalition. Jasmyn received her BA in Anthropology from Skidmore College and MA in Human Rights at the University College London.