Over the last few weeks students from across Macaulay have shared their concerns about the need to combat the spread of hate across the university while also being more intentional in how we support each other during our most difficult times. Based on this feedback, Macaulay Honors College is partnering with experts at the New York Peace Institute to help us collaboratively and empathetically build solutions that will move us forward. But we need your help to make it a reality.
Students, staff, and college leadership will work side-by-side to build an inclusive Restorative Practice. We believe that establishing a Restorative Practice at Macaulay is an important first step in strengthening belonging, re-building trust and collaboratively problem-solving during times of crisis. Restorative Practices include implementing a practice of community-building circles, increasing skills around responding to harmful experiences, conflict resolution, and facilitating difficult conversations.
Macaulay is in the process of hiring our first ever Restorative Justice Coordinator who will work with the New York Peace Institute, students, and college leadership to develop this program. Two students will serve as Restorative Justice Fellows to work closely with the Restorative Justice Coordinator on the design of the Macaulay-wide program and learn how to train others. Eight students will serve as Restorative Justice Mediators to help facilitate workshops and community-building circles at their home campus.
Restorative Justice Fellows (2) will receive $1000 per semester (Spring 24 & Fall 24) to work with the Restorative Justice Coordinator to organize 2 workshops per semester; to participate in training during January Academy and in April; to attend monthly meetings. We expect that fellows will dedicate about 2-3 hours per week in programmatic responsibilities, with flexible hours.
Restorative Justice Mediators (8) will receive $500 in Spring 24 to participate in training during January Academy and in April; to attend monthly meetings with the program coordinator and help facilitate a workshop at their home campus. We expect that mediators will dedicate about 1-2 hours a month in programmatic responsibilities, with flexible hours.