The Office of the Dean of Students provides strategic leadership for the division of Student Affairs and Support Services. In addition, the Office of the Dean of Students sponsors a series of programs and services that support student advocacy and community standards.


Governors State University hosts Restorative Justice Drive-in Conference

Conference Overview

Conference Details:

Wednesday, April 16
10 a.m.  to 4 p.m.
Governors State University
Center for Performing Arts
** Free Parking **
Keynote by David R. Karp, Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College

Conference Description:
Restorative Justice (RJ) Drive-In Conference will be used as a way to educate administrators, practitioners, community advocates, teachers and others in helping professions how to implement RJ into their current practice.

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    • Registration: $40

    Conference Schedule


    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    10 - 11 a.m.On-site Registration & Check-in
    10 - 11 a.m. Restorative Justice Poster Presentations
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Restorative Justice Marketplace
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.Featured Speaker: Restorative Justice Practices
    12:30 - 1:30 p.m.Lunch
    1:30 - 2 p.m.Talking Circle
    2 - 3:15 p.m.Concurrent Sessions
    3:30 - 4 p.mClosing Remarks and Refreshments
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    Session Descriptions

    Restorative Justice Poster Presentations

    Learning about Restorative Justice can have a great on your students. Students in the south suburban area have participated in various levels of restorative justice at their local institutions. Some students have been asked to illustrate their Restorative Justice experiences through this poster presentation. Stop by to learn more about students’ diverse Restorative Justice experiences.

    Restorative Justice Marketplace

    Local clubs and organizations that provide and/or support Restorative Justices practices will display their services and promotional materials to aid in your understanding, knowledge, and training endeavors for Restorative Justice. For more information on how to get your club/organization a display table during this conference, please visit check out the marketplace information.

    Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Karp

    Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Dr. Karp is nationally known for his work in Restorative Justice with a focus on colleges, universities, prison programs, and the community. Dr. Karp, recently presented at the Association of Student Conduct Administrators (ASCA) on building best practices for dealing with student misconduct restoratively.

    Working Lunch

    During this working lunch participants will have the opportunity to have more in-depth discussions about restorative justice at their current institution.

    Talking Circle

    Under the direction of Dr. Karp, participants will come together to begin learning the practice of using talking circles as a restorative justice technique.

    Concurrent Session 1.1: Higher Education Institutions

    Many college campuses would like to infuse Restorative Justice practices into their work with students. Building on the discussions held up to this point, this session will provide an in-depth look into how Restorative Justice can support your campus community.

    Concurrent Session 1.2: Primary/ Secondary Education Institutions

    Restorative justice practices are increasingly serving as a standard practice for elementary, middle, and high schools. As issues of bullying remain a serious concern, this session will provide an in-depth look into how Restorative Justice can support changing your school’s culture into a more peaceful one.

    Concurrent Session 1.3: Community Agencies

    Restorative justice practices have been known to effectively support all parties in the community involved in harms, crimes, or conflicts.  This concurrent session will offer evidence and practical experiences to support the use of Restorative Justice in our communities and/or daily routines.

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