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Restorative Justice in the Schools
by Jessica Mackinnon
Dominican University will present on Wednesday, January 28 a program on using restorative justice practices to combat conflict in our schools—from elementary school through high school. The program, featuring Mariame Kaba, founder of Project NIA, will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Lund Auditorium.
 
Mariame Kaba is the founding director of Project NIA, a grassroots advocacy organization launched in 2009 to end youth incarceration by developing sustainable community-based alternatives to the school-to-prison pipeline. Project NIA’s mission is to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention and incarceration for addressing youth crime by instead promoting the use of restorative justice practices and advocating for the redirection of resources from youth incarceration to youth opportunities.
 
Kaba will be joined in a panel discussion with social workers and educators using restorative justice in Chicago schools, including Annie Terrell, a first-grade teacher at John Spry Community School in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and a graduate of Dominican University’s School of Education; and Kristin McKay and Brielle Siskin of the Umoja Corporation, a nonprofit organization designed to increase high school graduation rates and equip young people with the skills needed to succeed in college. The organization has held its annual summer Umoja University teacher training program at Dominican University for several years.
 
This program is sponsored by the Dominican University’s School of Education, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Diversity Office, the Restorative Justice Advisory Board and ImpACT. For more information, contact Dr. Samina Hadi-Tabassum, associate professor, Dominican University School of Education, at shadi@dom.edu.
Time: Tuesday, January 13
Location:
Contact: jmack@dom.edu
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