Professional Development:
Building Campus Community (3-day Event)

A 3-day event for college and university residential life staff and administrators

This professional development event will teach college and university residential life administrators how to effectively engage residents, establish authority and uphold expectations, while providing support and giving voice to resident needs and concerns. Learn how to support and retain your resident advisors and reduce formal disciplinary procedures. Teach resident advisors how to establish norms, build relationships and resolve conflict.

This event was developed as part of the IIRP’s Building Campus Community: Restorative Practices in Residential Life & Judicial Affairs project.

Experience it. Decide for yourself.

Send a representative from your campus for a professional development experience that replicates the instruction designed for your residential staff and RAs as part of the full program. If you decide to bring this program to your campus, you will be credited the full registration fee.

Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices

Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships among residential staff, advisors and students. Interactive experiences bring you to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.

Day 2: Using Circles Effectively

Circles have been used in residential life for a variety of purposes, but there are optimal ways to utilize this process that promote truly meaningful communication. Through video, practice and discussion, participants identify reliable methods for using circles to build community, establish norms, improve decorum, address problems and reduce residential conflicts.

Day 3: Facilitating Restorative Conferences

Instructional videos and in-depth experiential activities teach you to facilitate a restorative conference, in which everyone impacted by wrongdoing can share how they have been affected and have a say in how to repair the harm. In judicial affairs, conferences have been used in place of, or in addition to, other sanctions and conduct procedures, fostering more positive outcomes than mere punishment.

Participants receive two books:

Building Campus Community Book CoverBuilding Campus Community:
Restorative Practices in Residential Life

Conferencing Handbook coverConferencing Handbook:
The New Real Justice Training Manual

Each day runs 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (Registration 8-8:30 a.m.) Morning refreshments and a simple lunch are provided.

Cost per person
$500 USD / $500 CAD