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Restorative Justice Initiative To Host Justice Education Week Events Beginning April 14

The Restorative Justice Initiative (RJI) is once again hosting events for its annual Justice Education Week. The events will take place beginning Friday, April 14, and ending Thursday, April 20.

The week of events kicks off on Friday with an art exhibit hosted by RJI and the College of Arts and Architecture. The exhibit, titled “The Human Impact,” will spotlight work from Irvin Moore, a member of RJI, and Rudy Shepherd, an associate professor of art at Penn State. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and all of the work can be bid on, with the proceeds going to educational programming for individuals impacted by the justice system. If interested, you can RSVP here.

Saturday, April 15, and Sunday, April 16 are dedicated to Restorative Circle Training. Restorative Circles are a method used to “view conflict from a harm-reduction model.” RJI and its student-run counterpart, Student Restorative Justice Initiative, have implemented Restorative Circles in discussions across campus and are bringing in Sue Marshall to train 30 students, faculty, and staff in the practice. Registration is required, as spots fill up fast.

On Monday, April 17, the organization will host organizer, educator, and prison industrial complex abolitionist Mariame Kaba for a webinar from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the HUB Freeman Auditorium. Kaba’s webinar is called “We Do This ‘Til We Free Us,” and you can register for it here.

RJI and the Bank of America Career Services Center will host a Reentry Career and Resource Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18. The fair will provide opportunities for individuals who were formerly incarcerated chances to connect with second-chance employers and service providers.

On Wednesday, April 19, RJI will screen the film “College Behind Bars,” which was directed by filmmaker Lynn Novick, and hold a discussion afterward. The screening and discussion will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and be located at 224 Chambers.

Finally, RJI will host a Reentry Simulation from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 20. The simulation will allow participants to observe what it is like to reenter society after being incarcerated. It will take place in the HUB, and you can register to participate here.

For more specific information about each event, you can go to the College of Education website.

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Owen Abbey

Owen Abbey was a Secondary Education major before he graduated from the wonderful institution known as Penn State. When he was not writing for the blog, he enjoyed rooting for the Baltimore Orioles and Ravens, supporting Penn State basketball and softball, dreaming of all of the ways he would win the TV show "Survivor," and yes mom, actually doing school work. All of this work prepared him to teach his own class of students, which was always his true passion. He still can be found on Twitter @theowenabbey and can be reached for questions and comments at [email protected]

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