Interviews with Restorative Practitioners

  • Gwen Chandler

    "Peacemaking Circles help you create space for difficult conversations. Coupled with shared values and an agreement of how to be together, meaningful dialogue & relationships are the benefits achieved from the Circle process." Gwen Chandler was first introduced to Restorative Justice in 1996 by the Criminal Justice system. She had her first Circle training in 1997. After being in Social Services for over 20 years, Gwen decided that "Circle Work" was what she wanted to do.

  • Huayruro 1: On Changes Within Their Circle Practice

    A virtual Circle with three brilliant practitioners. Members of the collective called Huayruro, Dr. Keiko Ozeki, Dr. Jabali Stewart, and emily warren spent time reflecting on their work, challenges, and the rapidly changing culture we find ourselves in. This was an extended conversation, so it has been edited and presented in three videos, linked below: "On Changes in the Circle Field," "On Intercultural Fluency," and "On Leadership Into the Future: Summing Up."

  • Huayruro 2: On Intercultural Fluency

    A virtual Circle with three brilliant practitioners. Members of the collective called Huayruro, Dr. Keiko Ozeki, Dr. Jabali Stewart, and emily warren spent time reflecting on their work, challenges, and the rapidly changing culture we find ourselves in. This was an extended conversation, so it has been edited and presented in three videos, linked below: "On Changes in the Circle Field," "On Intercultural Fluency," and "On Leadership Into the Future: Summing Up."

  • Huayruro 3: On Leadership into the Future

    A virtual Circle with three brilliant practitioners. Members of the collective called Huayruro, Dr. Keiko Ozeki, Dr. Jabali Stewart, and emily warren spent time reflecting on their work, challenges, and the rapidly changing culture we find ourselves in. This was an extended conversation, so it has been edited and presented in three videos, linked below: "On Changes in the Circle Field," "On Intercultural Fluency," and "On Leadership Into the Future: Summing Up."

  • Dr. Gaye Lang

    Dr. Gaye Lang's career in education—a classroom teacher in elementary and middle schools, a secondary assistant principal and elementary principal, a regional service center field service specialist, and a university adjunct professor—has earned her the respect of her colleagues. She holds a BA in elementary education from Dillard University, an MA in teaching and administration from Pepperdine University, and a Doctorate of Education in Cultural Studies from the University of Houston.

  • Robin McNair

    Robin McNair has worked in the Prince Georges County, Maryland, schools for over 28 years, most recently as the Restorative Approaches Program Coordinator for over 6 years. She also is a Teacher Intern Supervisor at Mississippi State University, and a Restorative Justice Consultant at American University in Washington, DC. Robin is a Restorative Justice Practices consultant and trainer. She believes in creating just and equitable learning environments with respect, dignity, and mutual concern; building and nurturing relattionships through community building and shared values; and transforming conflict through restorative dialogue and accountability to improve school and classroom climate.

  • Laraine Mickelson

    With over 25 years of experience in the field of Conflict Management, Laraine has designed, implemented, and written policy for a variety of programs including full-spectrum Integrated Conflict Management Systems for the State of Minnesota and justice programs for state and county agencies including juvenile diversion programs, sentencing circles for felony level crimes, transition programs for incarcerated offenders, and CREST— (Conflict Resolution, Education and Skill Training), a peer mediator program for incarcerated offenders.

  • Eloise Sepeda

    Eloise Sepeda is a child/adult survivor and leader in the areas of family/domestic and sexual violence, homelessness, and poverty. Today she is a family matriarch, and national subject matter expert trainer and consultant in restorative justice and the intersection of child welfare, family violence, and race equity.

  • Rev. Dr. Robert Spicer

    Dr. Spicer is a widely sought after speaker on Restorative Practices and their implementation in schools. He was a featured speaker on the Education Week Webinar entitled "Rethinking Discipline: Strategies that Work in Schools Today." He was also featured in the CNN 8-part docudrama ‘ChicagoLand’ which aired in 2013. Robert’s work in restorative justice has been featured on National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and the Associated Press. He currently consults with school districts, law enforcement agencies and community based organization all across the United States. He is the author of "Aspirational Justice" and the children's book "What Are Circles For?"

  • Dr. Dorothy Vaandering

    Dr. Dorothy Vaandering is a professor in Memorial University Newfoundland's Faculty of Education and the director of Relationships First Newfoundland and Labrador (RFNL). She has been researching Restorative Justice in Education (RJE) for 15 years and is passionate about nurturing relational communities where all people are honoured as worthy and interconnected. Learning to live relationally in all aspects of life is core to who she is.