Shaking the Foundations: Colorizing Restorative Justice

Thursday, October 29 2020 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM [EST]

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Thursday, October 29 2020 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM [EST]

Join CRI Maryland for a panel discussion with the co-authors and editor of the new book Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing Our Realities.  The panelists will include Baltimore's very own Barbara Sherrod, from Restorative Response Baltimore, as well as other co-authors/editors involved in the project. 

Circle of Restorative Initiatives for Maryland

Circle of Restorative Initiatives for Maryland is a not -for- profit network of restorative justice practitioners that promotes the use of restorative practices in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout Maryland.

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Christianne Paras
Executive Director

Christianne Paras is Ilocana, originally from the Ilocos Norte region of the Philippines. She currently resides as an uninvited guest, an immigrant settler, on the unceded, ancestral and traditional lands of the Kwikwetlem peoples in BC, Canada. With over 20 years’ experience in the restorative justice field, she is an accomplished facilitator with expertise in a variety of practice models including victim offender dialogue, family group conferencing, and peacemaking circles. She is currently the Executive Director of Restorative Justice Association of BC. She is also an instructor at Simon Fraser University, and a long time anti-oppression /anti-racism facilitator with the North Shore Multicultural Society, providing workshops in schools and organizations across British Columbia Lower Mainland. Over the years, she has helped establish a variety of social justice-related community initiatives including the Building Vibrant Communities Workshops, Community Dialogue Series, Speak Out Series, and the Widening the Lens Symposium. She is a published researcher and author, and has been involved in a wide variety of research projects on topics such as safety in seniors’ living spaces, online gambling, race and the criminal justice system, and restorative justice

About Christianne Paras

Executive Director

Edward Charles Valandra/Wa?bli Wap?áha Hokšila is Sícá?gu Thit?u?wa? who was born and raised in his homeland, the Ochéthi Šakówi? Oyáte. He received his BA Minnesota State Univer-sity-Mankato, MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and PhD from SUNY-Buffalo. Dr. Valandra has been involved in Native affairs, having served one four-year term as a legislator in his nation’s governing body, and he also served on his nation’s seven-member Constitutional Task Force. Edward is the founder of the Community for the Advancement of Native Studies (CANS). His organization promotes the application of research and study for all aspects of liberation and sov-ereignty with respect to Native Country and his research focuses are: the revitalization of the Ochéthi Šakówi? Oyáte, the disciplinary development of Native Studies, and the development and use of community-based participatory research in Native communities. Dr. Valandra’s current role is Senior Editor at Living Justice Press, a renowned, non-profit publisher specializing in restorative justice/practices and harms between peoples. He is the editor of the recent book Colorizing Re-storative Justice: Voicing Our Realities.

About Edward Charles Valandra

Senior Editor
Barbara Sherrod
Restorative Practitioner
Restorative Response Baltimore

Barbara A. Sherrod is a restorative practices program director, avid reader, writer and mother of two. Through story-telling circles and transformative coaching, Barbara educates school communities on the use of restorative practices for interpersonal and intrapersonal relationship building; addressing race and gender based-harms perpetuated in school communities. Her website, MillennialMochaMoms provides space for Black millennial mothers to share their maternal experiences and create community. Barbara is currently a doctoral student at Morgan State University studying Urban Educational Leadership.

About Barbara Sherrod

Restorative Practitioner
Restorative Response Baltimore