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Training in Campus RJ Across Student Affairs for Catholic Campuses (Three Days)

Restorative Justice Facilitator Training for College Student Misconduct and for Campus Community Building 

July 29-31, 2019 
9:00-5:00pm each day

Loyola University Maryland

Free Registration for Members of Catholic Campuses:
Because of a generous grant and the voluntary donation of the trainers' labor, there is no fee to attend this training for members of Catholic colleges and universities.
Participants must cover their own travel/accommodation expenses.



Our RJNCC Training Group at Chestnut Hill College, June 2018


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

This training is supported by the Restorative Justice Network of Catholic Campuses.

Recognizing a natural alignment between the philosophy of restorative justice and the guiding ideals of the Catholic social tradition, the RJNCC encourages Catholic campuses to articulate and cultivate restorative principles and to assist each other in strengthening interest, commitment, and implementation of restorative practices on their campuses. 

Meet the Trainers

Desirée AndersonDesiree

Director, Intercultural Center
Saint Mary’s College of California

Desirée Anderson was born in San Diego, California. The child of Naval personal she had the pleasure of living abroad in Belgium until she graduated high school. Desiree returned to the United States to live in Louisville, Kentucky where she completed both her Bachelors and Masters Degree from the University of Louisville.  Before coming to serve as the Director of the Intercultural Center at Saint Mary’s College of California she served as the Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs at Tulane University in New Orleans for six years and before that she served as an Area Residence Director at Texas State University. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of New Orleans studying The Use of Campus-Based Restorative Justice Practices to Address Incidents of Bias: Facilitators’ Experiences. Desirée is currently working on a book chapter called Co-opting Restorative Justice in Higher Education. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and watching an unnecessary amount of TV, especially ESPN.

Sean HorriganSean

Director of University Centers and Staff Development
University of San Diego

Sean Horrigan, PhD, has been a university administrator and leadership educator for over 15 years.  He currently serves as the Director of University Centers and Staff Development at the University of San Diego.  In 2011, Dr. Horrigan founded the restorative justice program at USD and began to integrate restorative practices into the student conduct program, eventually expanding into other areas of Student Affairs including residential life, student organizations, fraternities and sororities, as a response to critical campus incidents.  He also serves as a Lecturer in USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences and is a Core Adjunct Faculty member in the School of Business and Management at National University, teaching courses in leadership, group dynamics, and adult development.  In his work he engages in opportunities to promote reflection, meaning-making, and values clarification for students who are struggling with the difficult choices and big questions presented by the college experience.  He earned his Ph.D. and masters in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego.

Dan KellyDan

Assistant Director of Student Conduct
Loyola University Maryland

Dan began working at Loyola in the fall of 2016 as the Assistant Director of Student Conduct. As a Loyola alum Class of 2012, Dan had the privilege of attending Loyola as an undergraduate and obtaining his degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology.  In addition, Dan earned his Master of Education degree in College Student Personnel Administration from James Madison University (JMU).  At JMU, Dan also worked as the Graduate Assistant for Sexual Violence Prevention and Education in the University Health Center and as the Graduate Assistant for the Accountability Board in the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices. Dan’s passion lies in mentoring students.  Whether mentoring is through conduct, Messina, or another outlet, Dan loves challenging and supporting students so they may become the best version of themselves.  Dan’s professional and research interests include: sexual and intimate partner violence advocacy and prevention, healthy masculinity, restorative practices, atheist student development, and training non-student affairs staff in student development theory.  When Dan is not working you’ll find him reading a good sci-fi book, baking some delicious dessert, or enjoying the company of friends.

Sheila M. McMahon


Assistant Professor of Social Work
Barry University

Sheila M. McMahon, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor at the Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, FL. Her research focuses on the impact of the campus environment on student outcomes in two areas: primary prevention of sexual assault on college campuses and strategies to improve the implicit curriculum in social work education, particularly for students of diverse backgrounds. In addition, her work explores the use of restorative justice practices in incidents involving sexual assault. Prior to beginning her professorship at Barry, she served as the inaugural Director for Sexual Assault Services and at Brandeis University and is a licensed social work practitioner in Massachusetts. She holds a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, an MSW and a PhD from the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was trained as a research assistant at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

Jenna SilverJenna

Conflict Resolution Coordinator
Loyola University Chicago

Jenna currently serves as the Conflict Resolution Coordinator in the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution at Loyola University Chicago. In this role Jenna uses her professional background as an attorney, a mediator, and an educator to carry out restorative practices within the student conduct process. Deeply passionate about social justice, she views conflict as a way to build relationships and helps to empower students to tackle tough situations. Jenna holds a BA from Brown University, an MEd from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and is a proud alumna the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. When not exploring Chicago’s hidden gems, Jenna enjoys all things food, Lake Michigan, and family.


Tentative Agenda

Day 1

(Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm)

  • Circle Experience
  • Introduction to Circle Practice with a focus on the “5 C’s” of circles: convening, connection, concern, collaboration, and closing
  • Restorative Justice Defined
  • Distinguishing circle practice and conference practice

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm)

  • Three Philosophies of Student Discipline: Punitive, Developmental, and Restorative
  • RJ Conference Role Play
  • Roots of RJ and the “Whole Campus Approach”
  • The global RJ movement and its varied cultural traditions
  • Three tiers of campus practice

Day 2

(Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm)

  • Circle Experience for Community-Building: The Talking Piece
  • Trauma-Informed RJ Practice
  • RJ Questions
  • RJ practice for one-on-one support
  • Evidence of Effectiveness

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm)

  • Listing and Brainstorming Harms
  • Harms to Needs
  • A Bit of Restorative Theory
  • RJ Conference Role Play

Day 3

(Morning Session: 9:00am – 12:00pm)

  • How to Convene Circles and Conferences
  • Restorative Reintegration: Reentry support circles for students on leave
  • Apology Letters
  • Assessing Responsibility

(Afternoon Session: 1:00pm - 5:00pm--we'll try to get out early if we can)

  • Strategic Planning
  • Self-Assessment and Integration
  • Closing Experience, certificates and Group Photo!