Restorative Practices is a philosophy and a set of formal and informal tools which view building relationships, repairing harm, and rebuilding trust when harm occurs as important ways to create a peaceful and productive society. At UMBC, Restorative Practices helps us strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within our community. The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) describes the effect of Restorative Practices implementation in communities and education settings as increased well being, active, participatory learning, community building, decision-making, greater safety, and sense of belonging.
To foster a restorative culture at UMBC, Student Conduct and Community Standards, and Residential Life also host Restorative Practices trainings and workshops, which build capacity in faculty, staff and students to use restorative tools in their communities.
Find us on MyUMBC, and join us for the next Building Campus Community workshop. To register for a workshop click here. For more information about these opportunities, please email ResLife@umbc.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Green Dot is built on the premise that in order to measurably reduce the perpetration of power-based personal violence, including sexual violence, partner violence, or stalking, a cultural shift is necessary. In order to create a cultural shift, a critical mass of people will need to engage in a new behavior or set of behaviors that will make violence less sustainable within any given community. The “new behavior” is a green dot.