NACRJ Board Member Dr. Kathy Evans

Kathy Evans

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!


2022 Conference Attendance

The NACRJ Conference has experienced incredible growth since its inception 15 years ago. The July 2022 conference attendance numbers exceeded expectations. With 1,707 registered attendees, this year's event in Chicago was the largest NACRJ conference to date! Attendees came from near and far to connect (and re-connect!) with one another. From the most rural areas of the country to the most urban, people came together to be in community, to learn, and to motivate one another. We are so grateful for the beautiful enrichment that attendees brought to the conference.

49 states and 9 countries

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Celebrating Chicago

Celebrating Chicago

The NACRJ Conference was held July 6-9, 2022 in Chicago, IL. Over the next several months we will be sharing highlights and celebrating the many wonderful aspects of the conference. Stay tuned - we promise you there is much to celebrate!

NACRJ Circles

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NACRJ Executive Director Joel Friesz will be leading virtual Circles for NACRJ members and the RJ community. These Circles will provide an opportunity for those working and living in restorative and community justice spaces to listen, learn from and support each other. The purpose of these Circles is to provide a space where NACRJ members can step away from their busy daily lives and come together in a safe and healing space.

Check out our Programs page to sign up for upcoming Circles. Additional dates will be scheduled monthly. To be notified of future dates, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..