The Advanced Restorative Justice Track is designed for practitioners who wish to build on their baseline knowledge of Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices. In most cases, Restorative Justice enters the university community through the student conduct process as an alternative dispute resolution option. Though in higher education, RJ has been mostly used in the student conduct process, RJ has also proven to serve the institutions in various other capacities. The Advanced Restorative Justice Track will outline the process of removing Restorative Justice from the “student conduct box” and widening its practices community-wide to include but not be limited to:
- Responding to bias-related incidents
- Managing classroom conflicts
- Creating circles of support for students within fraternity and sorority life
- Supporting student-athletes
- Identifying ways that Restorative Justice can be used to support retention efforts, and
- Responding to Title IX related incidents
Dr. Derrick Dixon: Track Coordinator– is the Assistant Director for Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct for the University of Mississippi where he has served since 2013. In this role, Dr. Dixon oversees the student conduct/conflict resolution process for the Department of Student Housing.
Since coming to the university, Dr. Dixon has been tasked with updating and developing student conduct practices as well as implementing conflict resolution programs 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 and other methods of alternative dispute resolution.
In addition to the work that Dr. Dixon has done with the Office of Conflict Resolution and Student Conduct and the Department of Student Housing, he has also worked with the UM School of Law to develop a law practicum opportunity for third-year law students hoping to gain experience in higher education. After completing the practicum, the students are eligible to serve as mediators within the Mississippi courts. Dr. Dixon himself is a certified mediator through the University of Mississippi’s Continuing Legal Education department. Dr. Dixon has also facilitated Conflict Resolution training for both the University of Mississippi’s and Oxford Police departments.
During the summer of 2018, Dr. Dixon was featured as a contributing author in the Conduct and Community: Residence Life Practitioners Guide. The chapter co-authored by Dr. Dixon primarily focused on Crafting and Revising Conduct Processes. Additionally, Dr. Dixon served as a faculty member for the Restorative JusticeTrack at the 2018 ASCA Donald D. Gehring Academy.
Dr. Dixon is a proud native of Camden, Mississippi and holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. His dissertation topic was
“Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Violence Education: An Analysis of the Athletic Department’s Influence on The Proactive Approaches Utilized to Address Title IX Issues among College Student-Athletes”