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Restorative Justice

UC San Diego's Restorative Justice Committee was originally formed in 2016 to study and evaluate restorative practices as a complement and alternative to the formal student conduct process. The committee continues to explore the use of restorative practices as a way to bring together a larger community that embodies our students, faculty and staff and campus partners.


The UC San Diego Restorative Justice Program aspires to cultivate and institutionalize Restorative Practice on campus, establish Restorative Justice as a core principle of campus culture, and transform our institution into the equitable and inclusive community we all deserve.


The UC San Diego Restorative Justice Program is dedicated to building community, addressing conflict, restoring individual, group and structural relationships, teaching Restorative Practice, and establishing a collective network of practitioners. Through these actions, we commit to address interpersonal and institutional inequities, including, but not limited to, anti-Blackness and White Supremacy Culture.


In pursuit of our vision and mission, and consistent with UC San Diego’s Principles of Community, the UC San Diego Restorative Justice Program seeks to establish and nurture the following values:

Honoring - Acknowledge the ancestral land of the Kumeyaay on which we live, work, and learn, and resist the erasure of long-established Indigenous cultures that developed the practices we currently utilize.

Naming- Explicitly and publicly use language and analysis that frames issues for what they are (anti-Black, racist, unjust, etc.) to actively resist and confront the cultures, beliefs, power dynamics, and systems that perpetuate them.

Leveling - Give greater access and agency to all affected parties by centering shared decision making and deep listening, and maintaining processes that work with all parties rather than at them.

Inclusion - Utilize anti-racist and equity-minded frameworks to center marginalized voices, advance our individual agency to foster spaces of mattering, and address institutional deficits such as barriers to access.

Connectedness - Prevent, identify, and repair harms, with the intention of recognizing the dignity of all people and healing communities through education and accountability.

Education - Enhance individual and shared capacity to address conflict, build community, and dismantle racism and structural inequities through teaching of Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice.

Justice - Name, confront, and dismantle all forms of bias, including anti-Blackness, racism, violence, and systemic inequities.

What is restorative justice?

The practice of restorative justice is founded in providing active accountability, inclusive decision-making, repairing harm and rebuilding trust. Restorative justice seeks to provide victim, offender, and community members a platform for dialogue and opportunity to understand, acknowledge, and accept responsibility of actions as well as the best means to repair harm and damage caused by offenses.

Who we are and what we do

The Restorative Justice Committee is made up of diverse and inclusive group of campus members:

  • Josh Brimmeier, Dean of Student Affairs- Seventh College
  • Laura Chipman, Vice President of Campus Affairs - Graduate Student Association (ex officio)
  • James Crawford - Graduate Student Association representative
  • Ali Cresap - Graduate Advisor/Student Affairs Manager - Department of Music
  • (Vacant), Graduate Student Associate Representative
  • Caitlin Frank, Assistant Director, Student Compliance - Office of Student Conduct
  • Mario Garibay, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs – Muir College
  • (Vacant), Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Representative – Intercollegiate Athletics
  • (Vacant), CARE at SARC Representative
  • Rubia Hernandez, Assistant Director of Residence Life – Revelle College
  • Tony Jakubisin, Director of Residence Life – Sixth College (co-chair)
  • Fnann Keflezighi, Interim Assistant Dean of Student Affairs – Marshall College
  • Helen Kaiser, Associate Director Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination
  • Jenny Kressel, Center for Student Involvement
  • Jordan Linder, Assessment and Communications Coordinator- Office of Student Conduct
  • Priscilla Ju, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs - Sixth College
  • Deanna Murphy, Student Conduct Coordinator- Office of Student Conduct
  • Tay Richardson, Assistant Director – Black Resource Center
  • Natania Trapp, Associate Director – Office of Student Conduct (co-chair)
  • Amber Vlasnik, Dean of Student Affairs – Thurgood Marshall College

Restorative justice circles and testimonials

With the intention of bringing positive climate, providing resolution and creating an atmosphere of open and honest dialogue, RJ Circles serve as a safe space for our community. RJ Circles help to bring people together, solve community problems, help us support one another and strengthen our bonds.

For more information or to request an RJ Circle, please submit a request online.