Restorative Justice: Justice That Heals!

Please join Student Life and Residence Education and Housing Services for our 3rd annual Restorative Justice Symposium on June 25, 2014.

This year’s program is intended to promote the use of restorative practices to both prevent and respond to harm in our communities. A central theme for this year’s event will focus on bullying but will have broad implications for a variety of harmful behaviors in a variety of contexts.

Our keynote speaker is Mr. Lee Rush. Lee has been a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School since 2002. As a representative of the IIRP, Lee has conducted restorative practices trainings in North America, South America and in the Caribbean Islands. He has a particular passion and expertise on ways to prevent and respond to bullying. Lee is also the Executive Director of justCommunity, Inc, a youth development agency in Bucks County, PA. As a seasoned educator, trainer and speaker at numerous conferences and events, we look forward to hearing Lee’s thoughts and ideas for reducing behavioral problems and enhancing the overall learning environment.

Our featured speaker is Mr. Kevin Epling. Following the tragic loss of his son Matt, who committed suicide in 2002 after relentless bullying by his classmates, Kevin has become a nationally renowned speaker and activist in the bullying prevention movement. Kevin serves the Michigan State University community as a producer for the Big 10 Network and as the manager of University Photography and Video. Kevin is also a National Co-Director for Bully Police USA, a watch-dog organization which advocates for bullied children & reports on state anti bullying laws. Kevin is a gifted and experienced motivational speaker. We look forward to Kevin’s very personal and passionate story, and his critical messages about bullying prevention.

FINAL Schedule

Location: Snyder Hall

10:30 – 11:15 am - Registration/Poster Presentation (C202)

11:15 – 11:30 am - Welcome (C201 & 203)

11:30 – 12:00 pm - Lunch (C201 & 203)

12:00 – 12:30 pm - Intro to RJ@MSU (C201 & 203)

12:30 – 1:30 pm - Keynote (C201 & 203)

1:45 – 3:00 pm - Civic Engagement/Community Restoration

3:00 – 3:30 pm - Closing/evaluation (C201 & 203)


LocationSnyder Hall on the MSU campus.

Registration$10 for students, $20 for all others. Registration includes lunch, parking (for non MSU registrants), and a copy of The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities. Where appropriate, MSU employees are encouraged to apply for educational assistance to recover the costs of registration.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 517-884-0789 or via email at