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Restorative Justice @ UMass Chan Medical School

UMass Chan Facilitation Team

What is Restorative Justice?

Restorative Justice (RJ) is a way to prevent or respond to harm or an incident in a community with an emphasis on healing, social support, and active accountability. RJ includes a variety of  practices with many rooted in indigenous traditions. Some practices help prevent harm by helping people build relationships and strengthen communities. Other practices respond to harm by helping to clearly identify harms, needs, and solutions through an inclusive and collaborative decision-making process (University of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice, 2023).

UMass Chan is committed to sustaining a campus culture in which each individual's humanity and dignity are acknowledged and institutional resources are available equitably. This process is grounded in the principles of active and accountable conflict resolution, community building, and healing. One that offers a structure that helps establish a safe and supportive space intended to promote authentic and equitable conversation through a collaborative decision-making process, resulting in both individual and community healing.

UMass Chan Article about Restorative Justice

UMass Chan Diversity Summit Restorative Justice breakout session video

Restorative Justice @ UMass Chan printable PDF.

Restorative Practices

Community Building Circle: 
In the first phase of Restorative Justice at UMass Chan, we will focus on Tier I - community building. A community building or connecting and reflecting circle is a process that brings people together to build a sense of community. Community building circles prevent harm by building and strengthening relationships. Led by a trained facilitator, participants share their experiences and perspectives in a safe space, with a focus on identifying the strengths and assets of the community.

Climate Circle:
A restorative justice climate circle, for example, can help departments respond to climate 
concerns that may be disrupting workplace satisfaction, the learning environment, or the sense of belonging. 

Restorative Justice to Respond to Harm/Conflict:
Led by a trained facilitator, this dialogue provides a safe space for participants to share their 
experiences, feelings, and perspectives, with a focus on repairing harm and restoring 
relationships following an incident. The goal is to reach a resolution that is acceptable to all 
parties involved, and that addresses harm or conflict in a way that is respectful, healing, 
empathic, and sustainable.

One page printable document about Restorative Justice at UMass Chan

Restorative Justice @ UMass Chan
All facilitators listed below attended the three-day training seminar at the end of January 2023 that was organized by the University of San Diego's Center for Restorative Justice and was customized exclusively for an Academic Health Science Center like UMass Chan. These are the facilitators that we call upon to help with the Restorative Justice Process and to create circles. 

        Name                        Department

  • Acosta, Alan A           Student Life
  • Anderson, Che           Government and Community Relations
  • Augustine, Melissa J   DIO
  • Bradford, Jennifer      Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Brown, Candice B       DIO
  • Brown, Holly              DIO
  • Cook, Tiffany E          DIO
  • DelacruzDavila, Carla Student Life
  • Duncan, Marlina N     DIO
  • Erwin, John               Government and Community Relations
  • Fahey, Nisha              Pediatric Residency
  • Fischer, Melissa          General Medicine and Primary Care
  • Green, Emily P           Faculty Administration
  • Haley, Heather-Lyn     Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Hernandez, Lynn        DIO
  • Ireland, Luu               Obstetrics Group
  • Kumaraswami, Tara    Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Lee, Jeanna               General Medicine and Primary Care
  • Malatesta, Thin          Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing Administration
  • Mehta, Tejas              Radiology
  • Munson, Mary            Biochemistry and Molecular Pharm
  • Peterson, Kenneth      Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing Administration
  • Pierce, Clanford          Public Safety
  • Powell, Monick           Pediatric Residency
  • Printy, Angela            DIO
  • Radu, Irina                Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Sanchez, Jorge          DIO
  • Stickney, Katherine    Student Life
  • Trobaugh, Jules         DIO
  • Warren, Celestine      Graduate Medical Education 

Our Process Using Tier I Community Building Restorative Justice:

     Step 1: Desire for Community Building, the building block of implementing RJ
     Step 2: Notify DIO via Restorative Justice Form or Email
     Step 3: DIO will identify trained facilitators through our community of practice
     Step 4: All parties must agree to a restorative conversation
     Step 5: A Tier I - community building session will be scheduled
Or contact Lead Dr. Jules Trobaugh, MFA, or Executive Sponsor Dr. Lynn Hernandez in the Diversity and Inclusion Office by email: RestorativeJustice@umassmed.edu or call: 508-856-2179

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