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Restorative Justice Principles and Practices

April 30, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

You will receive a Zoom link after registering.

Justice is often seen as punishing criminals. Many of us have inherited this ideology that encourages us to consider situations to either be right or wrong and value people as either good or bad. Restorative Justice (RJ) and Restorative Practices (RP) offer an alternative ideological framework asserting that individual people are not summarily good or bad, but rather their actions have the ability to cause harm to others. If we can identify the harm done, we can collectively choose ways to repair it. In this workshop, we will learn about the history and principles of restorative justice. We will study how Vassar and other schools around the world utilize restorative practices. We will also consider strategies for administrators and staff or adapt RJ and RP for our own work here on campus.

Facilitator: Michael Drucker, Director of Residential Education/Office of Residential Life

Workshop Registration Form

Registration has closed. Contact us at 845-437-5426 if you have questions about the waitlist.

About the Facilitator

Michael Drucker is the Director of Residential Education within the Office of Residential Life. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Vermont in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration and Bachelor’s from Hampshire College. His professional interests include conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, team development, mental health and wellness, identity development, and spirituality. Michael was trained in Campus Restorative Justice with the Project on Restorative Justice at Skidmore College and has been practicing restorative work for the past decade in higher education.



April 30
2:00 pm–4:00 pm