NACRJ Board Member Troy Williams

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NACRJ is excited to introduce new NACRJ board member Troy Williams. Williams served 25 years of his life in juvenile and adult prison facilities. While incarcerated, Williams became a certified paralegal, wrote for San Quentin News in the early days, and founded a video and the first award-winning audio production program within a prison called the San Quentin Prison Report (SQPR). He also founded Restorative Media Inc., a non-profit social impact organization whose mission is to give voice to the wisdom of lived experience, advance intellectual ownership, and distribute narratives that inspire social transformation. 

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NACRJ Board Member Thalia Gonzalez

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Introducing new NACRJ board member Thalia González! Thalia is a Professor of Law at the University of California College of Law where she holds a Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair. She is also a Senior Scholar in the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown University Law Center where she leads national research and policy advocacy on restorative justice. In 2022, Thalia recieved the NACRJ Dr. Gordon Bazemore Award for Research/Journalism in Community and Restorative Justice.

Learn more about Thalia and NACRJ leadership.

Apply Now - Obama Leaders USA Program

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Applications are now open for the 2023 Obama Leaders USA Program! The Obama Foundation Leaders USA Program is a virtual six-month leadership development program that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders across the country. Applicants must be 24-45 years of age, reside and work in the US, and have demonstrated at least three years of traction and impact in your field. This program is a great leadership opportunity for RJ leaders and learners across the country. Learn more about the program

Apply now! Applications are due Friday February 3, 2023 by 12:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time .

Download the flyer for more information and to share with colleagues.

NACRJ Board Member Dr. Kathy Evans

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Meet NACRJ's new board member, Dr. Kathy Evans! Dr. Evans is an Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Mennonite University where she teaches courses in educational theory, differentiated instruction, and restorative justice in education (RJE). Dr. Evans is the co-author of The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education and has published articles and book chapters related to zero tolerance policies, restorative justice, and school discipline practices.

Learn more about Dr. Evans and NACRJ leadership.

Restorative Justice Map & Directory Launch List

NACRJ, in collaboration with National Center on Restorative Justice (NCORJ) at Vermont Law and Graduate School and the Center for Restorative Justice at University of San Diego, is creating an online map and directory of organizations, education institutions, and other entities across the United States that offer restorative justice services.

Sign up for the launch list to receive updates and information when the project goes live. Individuals and organizations who are interested in being listed on the map and directory will receive further information and instruction on how to submit an entry.

Restorative Justice Mapping Project Annoucement

NACRJ Board Member Chauna Perry Finch

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NACRJ is excited to introduce Chauna Perry Finch as one of our new board members. Chauna has served as co-chair on NACRJ's advisory council since 2015. She is the founder of Restorative TCS (Training and Consulting Services), LLC, and has many years of experience implementing restorative practices in schools and hospitals.

Learn more about Chauna and NACRJ leadership.

We will be announcing our other new board members in the coming days - stay tuned!

Honoring Sheryl R. Wilson and Dr. Mara Schiff

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Many thanks to Sheryl R. Wilson and Dr. Mara Schiff for their years of service to NACRJ. Both are founding board members and have been deeply involved in many aspects of the organization’s growth and development over the past eleven years. We extend our deepest gratitude and appreciation to them as their role on the board comes to an end this month.

Thank you Ms. Wilson and Dr. Schiff for all you have done, and for all you will continue to do for the fields of community and restorative justice! To read more about Ms. Wilson and Dr. Schiff, please visit:

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Dr. Mara Schiff

We will be announcing six new members who have recently been appointed to the board - stay tuned!

Scholarship Awards 2022 NACRJ Conference

NACRJ takes great pride in providing scholarship funding to groups and individuals to attend our biannual Conference. This year, thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to award over $60,000 in scholarship funding to more than 65 individuals and groups. Thank you to all who donated and who continue to donate to NACRJ - we would not be where we are today without you!