What should students, teachers, administrators, and a school community do to facilitate accountability and repair ... when a teacher mockingly performs a Nazi salute in a classroom? When third graders use race- and gender-based slurs? When it's discovered that a student has fallen into a rabbit hole of neo-Nazi propaganda and has circulated memes among peers that trivialize the Holocaust and degrade women? When a white student stands up in the middle of the Library and reads aloud from Twain's Huckleberry Finn, annunciating the n-word in a mixed-race setting? When white male students on a civil rights trip through the U.S. south pose in front of a mural of Congressman John Lewis in a way eerily similar to 20th-century lynching photographs?
Long-time educator, facilitator, mediator, and restorative justice practitioner Jason Craige Harris will lead a workshop on the intersection of racial and restorative justice, weaving together theory and practical insights from a lifetime of experiences. He will propose an alternative to the extremes of "you're excused" and "you're canceled," which the wider culture have propagated as the only legitimate responses to harm.
Participants will learn:
Basic tenets of restorative practice and fresh ways of thinking about harm and repair
Concrete practices for building community
Strategies for addressing “little” harms that threaten to escalate
Interventions for navigating complex harms like restorative circles and mediation
Jason is the Managing Partner at Perception Strategies, a global consulting firm that specializes in creating and sustaining cultures of dignity, accountability, and belonging. He serves as well as a member of Pollyanna’s speakers’ bureau. Jason is also the former Director of Diversity and Inclusion at a NYC independent school, where he co-led the school's department for peace, equity, and justice.