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Building Community

Building Community

Listen, hear, speak, be heard. Truly connecting with others, especially people with different lived experiences, can be transformative. Sharing space in this way brings us closer to each other and ourselves.​

Join Rudy Bankston as he facilitates a conversation for your group around a topic of your choosing. 

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Participants explore the Seven Core Assumptions of Restorative Values and restorative justice as a paradigm shift through readings, short video clips, and small group discussion.

  • Thoughtfully curated quotes and weekly feedback from participants, shapes the conversation’s focus.

  • We reflect on how restorative practice translates in the family, community, workplace and schools.

  • In alignment with goals of eliminating inequities in education, participants are invited to reflect on how we can best support all students in creating and maintaining justice-centered learning environments where all students find connection and belonging.

  • We engage parents and community in conversations knowing it takes the whole village to work on shifting mindsets and building a restorative culture where all students have what they need to thrive.

Building Restorative Communities of Care Series

Building Community Where You Are



 "I liked the emphasis on limiting judgment (as possible) of others and oneself; it made me feel more willing to share/take a risk. I am much less concerned about being negatively judged than I was at the outset. Part of that was hearing from the community, and part was the compassionate foundation and letting us know that it's okay to "make mistakes." It was affirming to hear Rudy talk about approaching fear/discomfort (instead of avoiding) because this is one of the reasons that I have been inactive/not as strong of an advocate as I'd like to be (in many scenarios)."

West Middleton Elementary Building Community Series, February 2021

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