Restorative Justice

4-Day: Monday-Thursday


The Gehring Academy Restorative Justice Track is an interactive, theoretical, and practical training program for persons desiring to implement restorative justice on their campuses. Encouraging an expanded view of student conduct work, the program will assist educators in developing a fully informed practitioner’s lens that honors student learning and development considerations that is also guided by the principles of social and restorative justice. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of restorative justice principles and practices, practical information and about program implementation.


Track Learning Objectives:

·        Understand the theoretical underpinnings of restorative justice while attaining both a global context and a historical context

·        Understand how the social justice lens and cultural awareness are integral in both RJ practices and principles

·        Understand various models of restorative practices both proactive and reactive,

·        Administer a RJ process from selection to conclusion

·        Infuse RJ principles into their host campus conduct and community development process and/or begin program creation at their institution




Patience Bryant- Track Coordinator: is the Director for Student Conduct and Ethical Development at California State University at Long Beach, where she is overseeing the creation and implementation of the university’s first restorative justice program:W.A.V.E. (Welcoming Accountable Voices in Education). Dr. Bryant holds a doctoral degree in conflict analysis and resolution from Nova Southeastern University. She formerly served as the Associate Director for Campus Life & Student Development, ‎Texas A&M University-Commerce and the first Student Conduct Coordinator for the Department of Student Housing at the University of Mississippi, where she also introduced restorative justice into their current student conduct programs. Dr. Bryant was named a faculty fellow for the 2015 Donald D. Gehring Academy by the Association for Student Conduct Administrators and served as a faculty member for the Restorative Justice Track of the Donald D. Gehring Academy by the Association for Student Conduct Administrators in 2016 and faculty/track coordinator for Conflict Resolution with a Focus on Bias Response for the 2017 Gehring Academy.


Derrick Dixon is the Assistant Director for Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct for the University of Mississippi in Oxford where he has worked since 2013. In this role, Derrick oversees the student conduct/conflict resolution process for the Department of Student Housing. Since coming to the University, Derrick has been tasked with updating and developing student conduct practices and implementing conflict resolution programs. As such, he has gained experience crafting and revising student conduct processes both campus-wide and within Student Housing. He has also gained extensive experience utilizing conflict resolution practices including but not limited to, Conflict Coaching, Mediation, Restorative Justice/Practices and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Over the past 5 years, Derrick has had the opportunity to facilitate Conflict Resolution training for both the University of Mississippi’s and Oxford Police Departments. During this time Derrick has also become a certified Mediator through the University of Mississippi’s Continuing Education department. Finally, Derrick has worked with the UM School of Law to develop a law practicum opportunity for third-year law students that are hoping to gain experience in higher education. After completing the practicum, the students are also eligible to serve as mediators within the Mississippi courts.



Joseph Zichi serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) at the University of Michigan, where Joe is responsible for the oversight for OSCR services outlined in the Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct & Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Additionally, Joe delivers trainings to colleges and universities interested in the Spectrum Model of Conflict Resolution and incorporating restorative justice into their campus culture. Joe received both his Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University. Joe received training as a Restorative Justice facilitator from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), a facilitator from the National Coalition Building Institute, and in motivational interviewing. Joe’s involvement in ASCA includes serving as the ASCA Michigan State Coordinator between 2014-2016, as ASCA Midwest Region Chair from 2016-2018, and certification from the Director/Aspiring Director Track at the 2017 Donald D. Gehring Academy.