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Restorative Practices

Be a part of Tulane's change initiative—Restorative Practices at TU—as we work to strengthen our community and focus our culture on restoration and the repair of harm. 

The Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity in partnership with Student Affairs is excited to introduce Restorative Practices in support of Tulane’s Strategy for Tomorrow. 

What Are Restorative Practices?

Simply put, restorative practices are tools and processes used to foster, encourage, and repair relationships. This approach helps us cooperate, improve communication, take responsibility, and resolve conflict in a community interest way. 

The aim of Restorative Practices is to develop community and to manage conflict and tensions by repairing harm and building relationships. The restorative approach is an interdisciplinary field inspired by the philosophy of restorative justice and guided by the understanding that relationships are central to learning, growth, and a healthy community. They key principles of Restorative Practices are: 

What You'll Learn In The Training

Led by the experts at Center for Restorative Approaches (CRA), trained facilitators will provide this two-day training aimed at building community, fostering inclusion, and promoting collaborative decision-making.

Register Now for the Upcoming Training

Tuesday, Jan 10 - Wednesday, Jan 11, from 9:00 AM 5:00 PM

Training will be provided at the following location. Lunch to be provided; parking passes available upon request via the registration form. 

Tulane School of Social Work
127 Elk Place, Room 343
New Orleans, LA 70112


Ten Ways To Live Restoratively

Howard Zehr, who is widely known as “the grandfather of restorative justice,  and founder of the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice recommends these 10 ways to live restoratively: 

  1. Take relationships seriously, envisioning yourself in an interconnected web of people, institutions and the environment.
  2. Try to be aware of the impact – potential as well as actual – of your actions on others and the environment.
  3. When your actions negatively impact others, take responsibility by acknowledging and seeking to repair the harm – even when you could probably get away with avoiding or denying it. 
  4. Treat everyone respectfully, even those you don’t expect to encounter again, even those you feel don’t deserve it, even those who have harmed or offended you or others.
  5. Involve those affected by a decision, as much as possible, in the decision-making process.
  6. View the conflicts and harms in your life as opportunities.
  7. Listen, deeply and compassionately, to others, seeking to understand even if you don’t agree with them. (Think about who you want to be in the latter situation rather than just being right.)
  8. Engage in dialogue with others, even when what is being said is difficult, remaining open to learning from them and the encounter.
  9. Be cautious about imposing your “truths” and views on other people and situations.
  10. Sensitively confront everyday injustices including sexism, racism and classism. 


How Restorative Are You? Take the Quiz Now.


Please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@tulane.edu for more info.