Explore a range of Restorative Justice practices with a focus on building community and belonging. All are invited to attend and learn from three leaders engaging in restorative justice practices.
Janet Connors engages in restorative justice practices that resolve conflict and build positive relationships and strong communities. She has years of experience working with youth and families in community-based organizations in Boston neighborhoods most affected by violence and social injustice, and in schools to promote healing from grief and trauma.
A survivor herself, Janet lost her son, Joel, to homicide. Her personal journey brought about a change in policy to the state of Massachusetts that now offers victims the option of participating in a Victim-Offender Dialogue. Currently she is a circle keeper for “Legacy Lives On” Survivor Organization, a Community Fellow and Trainer with the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, and engages public school students in restorative practices.
Bob David has run support and outreach programs for people affected by addiction and homelessness, for people who have been incarcerated, and for family and friends of those currently or formerly incarcerated. He uses the principles of mediation and restorative justice as the guide points for his facilitation, where everyone’s voice is valued and heard.
He ran the Cardinal Medeiros Transitional Housing Program—the largest program of its kind in MA. Currently, he serves as Manager of Cancer Support Programs at Boston Medical Center.
Chandra Banks, whose goal is to serve the public and improve communication and social justice across the state, develops and implements policy, evidence-based practice and training that promotes healthy environments for children, families, and practitioners.
Banks was a board member and faculty of the Institute for Peaceable Schools at Lesley University. She established the Peer Mediation Program at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS), and an innovative partnership with the MBTA Police, juvenile unit that uses mediators from that program. Currently she is the District Wide Conflict Mediator for Cambridge Public Schools. She provides mediation and restorative services to employees as well as families.
This event is sponsored by the Mass Conference United Church of Christ Restorative Justice Task Team and the Peace and Social Order Committee of West Falmouth Friends (Quakers).