RJ@Duke is based on the fundamental premise that people are happier, more cooperative, more productive and more likely to make positive changes when they work with others in authority to address concerns. The restorative practices model provides a guiding philosophy to foster community that proactively develops positive relationships, creates shared values, and manages conflict by acknowledging and repairing harms. In so doing, social wellbeing, belonging and civic participation increases while misbehavior, harassment and violence decreases—such outcomes have been well documented in K-12 and criminal justice settings and suggest similar results would be seen in other settings from workplaces to campuses.
Fellows offer restorative practices to student clubs, organizations, and social groups to help them intentionally build community and resolve conflict in ways that preserve relationships and make room for amends.
At the Kenan Institute we take seriously the notion that “Ethics Matters Everywhere.” Take a look at our student and faculty blogs exploring how and why ethics matters across a range of times, places and issues.