7th Annual RJ@MSU Symposium

Responding to Bias and Hate

June 13, 2018

“A person is a person through other persons; you can’t be human in isolation; you are human only in relationships.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

When: June 13, 2018, 12 – 5 pm

Where: Michigan State University

Expected Fees: $25 for ALL students, $50 for ALL others.

This year, our focus will be on how educational institutions (K-12 thru college) can respond to hate speech and bias in a way that better meets the needs of those most affected. How can restorative responses improve our campus climate for those targeted by such behavior, while responding more effectively to those who cause harm. How can restorative practices improve the campus experience for students, faculty and staff alike? What role can we all play in creating inclusive and welcoming environments that allow all community members to reach their full potential?

To explore these issues, we will welcome, Dr. Patience D. Bryant is the Director for Student Conduct and Ethical Development at California State University at Long Beach, where she is overseeing the creation and implementation of the university’s first restorative justice program: W.A.V.E. (Welcoming Accountable Voices in Education). Dr. Bryant holds a doctoral degree in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She formerly served as the Associate Director for Campus Life & Student Development, ‎Texas A&M University-Commerce and the first Student Conduct Coordinator for the Department of Student Housing at the University of Mississippi, where she also introduced restorative justice into their current student conduct programs. Dr. Bryant was named a faculty fellow for the 2015 Donald D. Gehring Academy by the Association for Student Conduct Administrators and served as a faculty member for the Restorative Justice Track of the Donald D. Gehring Academy by the Association for Student Conduct Administrators in 2016 and faculty/track coordinator for Conflict Resolution with a Focus on Bias Response for the 2017 Gehring Academy. Breakout circles will explore promising applications of restorative practices to address harm, responsibility, and healing on college campuses.”

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Seats limited to the first 50 participants

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2-Day Restorative Responses to Bias and Hate

“What would justice look like, if our first concern was the needs of those most affected?”

What: Participants will receive experiential training on how they can respond to incidents of hate and bias from place that focuses on the needs of those most affected. For more information about restorative practices, please email us at RJ@MSU.

Training participants will:

  • Experience a variety of circle practices designed to both build individual and community capacity, as well as respond to and repair harm.
  • Learn how to prepare for and facilitate a variety of restorative practices (.pdf), through experiential learning.
  • Identify implementation strategies for your own community.
  • Establish a network of colleagues and resources to support any strategic plan.
  • Enjoy snacks, refreshments, and a simple lunch.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Training will involve the use of role plays that draw from real life and are likely to evoke strong feelings and emotions. Therefore, it is important that participants come prepared for multipartial dialogue, and have explored intersectionality.

When: June 14 & 15, 2018, 8:30 am – 5 pm both days

Where: Michigan State University

Cost: $300 ($100 for full-time students)


Seats limited to the first 30 participants

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