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4/11/2016 to 4/13/2016
When: April 11 - 13, 2016
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Where: Skidmore College
Murray Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd Floor
815 North Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Presenter: David Karp, Kaaren Williamsen, Duke Fisher, and Erin Dagle

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Project on Restorative Justice


Training in Restorative Justice 
for College Student Misconduct and Residential Life


April 11-13, 2016 
Monday, 10:00-5:00pm 
Tuesday, 9:00-5:00pm 
Wednesday, 9:00-5:00pm
Skidmore College 
Murray Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd Floor
Registration Fee: $475.00 
(Includes lunches and The Little Book of RJ for Colleges and Universities)


We will have rooms blocked at a local hotel shortly. There are also many places to stay in Saratoga--see

In this intensive training, you will gain a thorough understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, strong facilitation skills, practical information about program implementation, and the satisfaction of having participated in a powerful intellectual, emotional, and spiritually-uplifting training experience.

Open to student affairs administrators, faculty, students, and other staff interested in implementing restorative justice on their campuses.

Training Topics

Overview of RJ

Practices: Circles, Conferences, Boards, CoSA
Evidence of effectiveness
Case Studies
Place of RJ in campus codes of conduct
Restorative justice as a global social movement

RJ Outcomes

Repairing harm
Community service
Rebuilding trust/safety concerns

Introduction to Facilitation

Role of facilitator
Sequence of process
Pre-conference preparation
Post-conference support and mentoring
Facilitation guide or script
Ground rules
Listening and reflection skills

Issues in Facilitation

Diversity and inclusion
Trauma-informed care
Denials of responsibility
Blaming and shaming
Safety concerns
Secondary victimization

Identifying Harms and Needs

Material/physical harm
Emotional/spiritual harm
Communal/relational harm
Moving from harms to needs
Applications for conduct violations, residential life;
bias incidents, sexual misconduct, academic integrity


Program models
Case management
Marketing a program
Policy and code revision
Circle practice for community-building
Restorative return from suspension

Meet the Trainers

David R. Karpheadshot of david karp

Skidmore College
815 N. Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York

David R. Karp is Professor of Sociology at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. His scholarship focuses on restorative justice in community and campus settings and on prison programs preparing inmates for return to the community. He was the recipient of the 2010 Donald D. Gehring Award from the Association for Student Conduct Administration. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities and Restorative Justice on the College Campus. David is the Principal Investigator of a multi-campus research project on student conduct practices called the STARR Project (Student Accountability and Restorative Research Project). He is also a volunteer mediator and a restorative justice facilitator and trainer. David received a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Washington.


Kaaren Williamsen, MAKaaren headshot

Title IX Coordinator 
Swarthmore College 

Kaaren Williamsen is the Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College. Previously she founded and directed the Carleton College Gender and Sexuality Center. As part of her work in building and leading the center, she created innovative sexual violence prevention programs including peer education, comprehensive sexuality education, men’s groups, survivor support, new student orientation and student-led no-credit courses on healthy sexuality. She also created institutional support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, including peer mentor program, support groups, campus education and professional development for faculty and staff. Kaaren also served as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Prevention and was a key member of the Title IX Lead Team at Carleton, which oversaw all efforts toward sexual violence prevention and campus response. In addition, she coordinated and trained the Sexual Misconduct Support Advisers and the Community Board on Sexual Assault which heard sexual misconduct cases.  Before moving founding the Gender and Sexuality Center, Kaaren worked in residential life and in LGBT advisor roles at Carleton as well as two other Minnesota colleges and universities. Kaaren earned her B.A. in philosophy with honors from Gustavus Adolphus College, an MS in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State Mankato, and her M.A. in counseling and student personnel psychology from University of Minnesota. She is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s doctoral program in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development working on her dissertation on restorative justice and campus sexual misconduct.  


Duke Fisherduke headhshot

Learning Laboratories
2618 State Highway 7
Bainbridge, New York

Duke Fisher has been a trainer of conflict resolution since 1988. Duke is a straight-talking, tireless advocate for respectful collaborative conflict resolution, and gets his point across through the use of wisecracks, good films and experiential exercises known to encourage groups to have fun, take risks and learn from each other. In 1999, he founded Learning Laboratories, an independent training venture that finds creative ways to address difficult topics, including workshops on restorative justice, family conflict resolution, responding to discrimination, and building collaborative teams to assemble care for a differently-abled child. He has brought powerful workshops to schools, universities, conferences, prisons, agencies, and to graduate students at Hofstra Law School, where Duke was until recently a Special Professor of Law. Duke is the 2007 “Lawrence P. Cooke Peace Innovator Award” recipient recognized for his never ending search for creative methods to support effective learning. He has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Erin DagleErin
Restorative Justice Trainer 
Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Skidmore College

Erin began working at Skidmore College in August 2014 as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution. She also serves as one of the college’s Sexual and Gender-Based Misconduct investigators. She received her B.A. from Worcester State College in Broadcast Communications and her M.Ed. from Springfield College in Psychology focusing on Student Personnel Administration. She has been working in the field of student conduct since graduate school and previously worked at Syracuse University as a Student Conduct Advisor for 3 years. She has training in mediation and restorative justice and supervises the student-led restorative conduct board at Skidmore. Erin sees restorative justice as a way to change the focus of conduct meetings to restoring a community, repairing harms, and bringing people together to talk about an incident rather than drive them further apart. In addition the her work at Skidmore College, Erin also currently serves as the Association for Student Conduct Administration State Coordinator for New York.

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