Center for Access and Restorative Engagement

About

Institute for Restorative Justice

The Institute for Restorative Justice (IRJ) is a university resource that offers a spectrum of services rooted in Restorative Justice practices for UT faculty, staff and students. Our offerings aim to address and mitigate concerns related to intrapersonal and interpersonal matters arising from relationship-centered dynamics.

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Restorative Service Offerings

To support the university community, the IRJ is excited to announce the following spectrum of Restorative service offerings.

Do you want to be empowered and supported in navigating relationship-centered concerns in a way where you have agency in shaping process and outcomes?

Do you want to be able to define the parameters for how to address your concerns while obtaining support and guidance from trained Restorative practitioners?

The Institute for Restorative Justice offers Restorative processes which are voluntary, remedies-based, and designed to balance support and accountability between or among affected parties.

With the support of a trained facilitator, harmed and responsible parties are empowered to reflect on their individual needs and obligations in an effort to support their growth and mitigate future harm to themselves or others.

IRJ offers two Restorative tracks, which include:

  • Restorative Justice Alternative (RJA)
    • The RJA process seeks to address or mitigate conflict that stems from intrapersonal and interpersonal concerns.
  • Restorative Practices Alternative (RPA)
    • The RPA process seeks to address Title IX related concerns under “Track C” in the HOP 3-3031.

Please note: Title IX matters are determined eligible for RPA by the Title IX Coordinator; approval of the parties’ voluntary agreement is necessary to proceed.

Are you looking to request a workshop related to Restorative engagement and frameworks that are tailored to your community or unit’s needs?

Are you interested in identifying co-learning opportunities that advance your understanding of Restorative Justice and implementing Restorative skills?

The IRJ is a central resource for the university community, offering educational opportunities in implementing Restorative Justice ideologies and practices and navigating intrapersonal and interpersonal matters arising from relationship-centered dynamics through trainings and workshops for specific colleges, schools and units.

Are you interested in enhancing your unit or community’s structural and interpersonal approaches to relationship building and responding to conflict and harm?

The Institute for Restorative Justice offers Programmatic Support for strategic engagement to colleges, schools and units, and to communities who are interested in incorporating a Restorative lens to formal and informal structures or processes.

If you are interested in Restorative Justice services or want to learn more, we invite you to consult with us.

Spring 2024 Programming

The Circle Experience

What to Expect: Curious about what a restorative circle is like? Want to spend some time getting to know other UT folks and build connections? Join us at The Circle Experience! This experiential learning opportunity provides participants with the experience of being in a circle centered around community building, and provides a low-risk environment to build connections with one another while an experienced Restorative Justice facilitator guides the group through the circle process. Each month, the same circle will be offered twice, one in person and one virtually. Pick whichever one fits your needs best when you register. Please join us in this highly rated session!

Session Dates:

  • February 21, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Virtual)
  • February 22, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (In-Person)
  • March 26, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Virtual)
  • March 27, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (In-Person)
  • April 24, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (Virtual)
  • April 25, 2024, 12:00 – 1:00 pm (In-Person)

The Self-Awareness Audit: A Communication Styles Workshop

What to Expect: Why can it be so difficult to communicate? Why do we often feel like it is so hard to be understood or to understand one another? Please join us at our newest learning session, The Self-Awareness Audit: A Communication Styles Workshop! Throughout this learning session, participants will have the opportunity to learn their dominant and recessive communication styles. Participants will also learn more about how their personal positionality might cause additional challenges, as well when communicating. Participants will finally reflect on this newly gained knowledge and how it can positively impact their relationships professionally and personally. This is a precursor to the Talk That Talk workshop. While it is not required, you may find it to be very helpful!

Session Date:

  • February 20, 2024, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (In-Person)

Talk That Talk

What to Expect: This dynamic and interactive workshop is designed to equip participants with the essential skills and strategies needed to effectively communicate and engage with others across different perspectives. We believe that effective communication is a vital tool for building meaningful connections on campus. The workshop is facilitated by experienced practitioners who are well-versed in communication theory and practice, and who cultivate a sense of belonging amongst participants to share their thoughts, questions, and experiences. The facilitators will also provide resources and practical tips on how to implement effective communication strategies in various real-life scenarios. By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained a deeper understanding of the communication toolkit and how to apply it when engaging across different perspectives. They will leave with enhanced communication skills and a greater ability to navigate dialogue with empathy and respect.

Session Dates:

  • March 19, 2024, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (In-Person)
  • April 16, 2024,  11:00 am – 1:00 pm (In-Person)

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