Restorative Justice Practices

Restorative justice practices are philosophical and humanizing approaches that focuses on repairing harm, making things right, and restoring the community. Incorporating restorative justice practices into our work helps UCSF create safer spaces for people to be brave and vulnerable in an open dialogue that facilitates healing in the community.

Essential components of restorative justice practices:

Circle – participants are seated in a circle formation.

Circle keeper – facilitator(s) who will hold the circle accountable to the guiding principles.

Guiding Principles – topic of focus within the circle.

Ground rules – guiding principles participants agree to follow while in the circle.

Talking piece – a meaningful object that is held by the person talking in the circle. Participants who do not have the talking piece listen and reflect on what the person with the talking piece says.