Project Team

David R. Karp, PhDtemporary headshot DK
Director of Project on Restorative Justice

Professor of Sociology
Curriculum Vita (with links to publications)

David Karp is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Project on Restorative Justice 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 for his work on campus restorative justice. David has published more than 100 academic papers and six books, including The Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities (2013), Wounds That Do Not Bind: Victim-Based Perspectives on the Death Penalty (2006), and The Community Justice Ideal (1999). David is on the Advisory Council for the National Association for Community and Restorative Justice and the Board of Directors for the New York State Dispute Resolution Association. He has previously served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Director of the Program in Law and Society. 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
Co-Chair, Campus PRISM

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.  

Francis Zarro, JD, MPA Frank
Legislative Initiatives and Civic Learning

First Fairfield Associates, LLC

Frank Zarro, founder of the In Our Name initiative, is responsible for strategic planning and project coordination at First Fairfield Associates, a private social enterprise firm located in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. His work at First Fairfield includes three employment projects,, and, and an adaptive restoration and construction project in downtown Saratoga Springs. His other activities in Saratoga Springs include co-producing community speak-out nights on social justice issues at Caffe Lena, the legendary folk music venue, and organizing lecture programs at Skidmore College and Bethesda Episcopal Church. He helped to create the Skidmore College Restorative Justice Project and serves as the project’s director of legislative initiatives and civic education programming. Frank has taught administrative law at Pace University and college-level courses, including legal research and a law library clinic, to incarcerated individuals at Mt. McGregor Correctional Facility in Wilton, N.Y., and Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, N.Y. At McGregor, he led a workshop that brought a 2010 federal civil rights action challenging the disproportionate racial composition of the New York State prison population. He developed and taught a course curriculum for incarcerated veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces whose service-related post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance-abuse problems led to their arrest and conviction by civilian authorities after their return from service. He has taught additional courses in the prison system in such areas as literature, history, government, and business. Frank has held various management and planning positions in the New York State Unified Court System and has served as director of development and special projects for the New York State Defenders Association, where he helped to create the Veterans Defense Program. Frank received a master’s degree in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a juris doctorate from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Duke FisherDuke headshot
Restorative Justice Trainer 

Learning Labs, Inc.

Duke Fisher has been a trainer of conflict resolution and restorative justice since 1988. 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.

In addition to offering restorative justice training at Skidmore and for schools, universities, and community organizations nationally, Duke is a New York State certified mediation trainer and offers a mediation course to Skidmore students each year:
ID141 Mediation Training

Patience D. Bryant, PhDpatience bryant headshot
Restorative Justice Trainer 

Associate Director
Campus Life and Student Development
Texas A&M University - Commerce

Patience Bryant currently serves as the Associate Director for Campus Life and Student Development at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She formerly served as the first Student Conduct Coordinator for the Department of Student Housing at the University of Mississippi, more affectionately known as Ole Miss.   There she over saw the implementation of Creed Justice, a formal restorative justice program into university housing that was launched in the fall of 2015.  Patience got introduced to restorative justice while working on her Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Nova Southeastern University. Patience has the desire to utilize and share her knowledge and experiences gained through graduate level studies, research, and working in the field of higher education within the areas of alternative dispute resolution education and mass communication to impact the student experience and institutions of higher learning.  

Rick Shafer, MARick
Restorative Justice Trainer

Associate Director
Student Life - Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
Michigan State University

Rick Shafer is the Associate Director of Student Life for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution at Michigan State University. Rick chairs the university’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT), serves on the Behavioral Threat Assessment Team (BTAT), and coordinates the RJ@MSU program. In addition to a Master of Arts in Education, Rick has completed additional education and training in multicultural counseling, mediation, and restorative justice. During his 25 years in student affairs, Rick has served four public universities (Ball State, Indiana, Ferris State and Michigan State) in a variety of capacities, including residence life and housing, fraternity and sorority life, and student conduct. Throughout his career, Rick estimates that he has adjudicated/managed nearly 10,000 reports of student misconduct, including cases ranging from simple alcohol use and noise violations to sexual assault and involuntary manslaughter. Rick also is a licensed trainer for the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) and has begun to serve as a private consultant. Rick is proud to have contributed to David Karp's Little Book of Restorative Justice for Colleges and Universities, to be a founding member of Campus PRISM, and to have served as a faculty member for ASCA’s RJ Track at the annual Gehring Academy.

Erin Dagle, MAErin
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 colleges 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.


Jasmyn StoryJas
Restorative Justice Trainer 

Restorative Justice Coordinator
SEEDS Community Resolution Center
Oakland, California

Jasmyn is a dedicated human rights activist with 5+ years of experience working in the voluntary sector, and current master’s candidate concluding her research at the University College of London’s Human Rights Public Policy Program. In London, she served as the Director of RJ Programming for the JAGS Foundation. She focuses on social movement and community mobilization, restorative justice facilitation, and mediation. Jasmyn received her BA in anthropology at Skidmore College. 

Josh Bacon, PhDJosh
Restorative Justice Trainer

Dean of Students
James Madison University

Josh Bacon currently serves as the Dean of Students at James Madison University. The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices, Off Campus Life, and Student Government Association report to the Dean. He is also assistant professor in the graduate psychology department and Co-Director of the College Student Personnel Administration Master’s program. He holds a Ph.D. in Education Administration with a cognate in law from Clemson University and a Master’s in Education Administration from Salisbury University, with a concentration in counseling. Josh chairs the Behavior Assessment Team, a team that addresses students of concern to self and others.The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices has recently implemented a restorative justice program and implemented restorative practices to its process. Josh has consulted and presented around the country on restorative justice in student conduct.   

Emma Giles '16 
Logo Design


Emma Giles, Class of '16, is a studio art major with concentrations in ceramics and communication design. When coming up with the design for our project, she was inspired by community, circle practices in resolving issues and providing support, and the saying “what goes around, comes around.” The logo suggests layered meanings. It can be seen as a bird's eye view of three people in a circle. It can also be seen as three boomerangs, suggestive of the karmic implications of individual actions.