Dear IIRP Community,
With more than 1,000 graduate schools in the United States, it was an audacious claim that one more was necessary. But our founding president, trustees, faculty, and staff saw a need in the 21st century for an institution wholly dedicated to restorative practices. Through the work of many ardent supporters, the International Institute for Restorative Practices was established as that graduate school. I believe it is due to their vision that we are exactly where we need to be in 2022. With such tumultuous, pained, and divisive experiences occurring around the globe, our world needs inclusive leadership capable of supporting more compassionate and caring communities. Our alumni welcome these possibilities on a daily basis and are using what they have learned to make a positive impact.
As an IIRP alum myself, I am awed by our students' dedication to fit graduate education into a life that is already full. Our learners balance family, work, and community as they study resilience and relationships, feeding their curiosity and advancing their roles as compassionate and strategic leaders and thinkers. They do not shy away from engaging deeply. It is this commitment to learning and growing that makes me feel hopeful for our future.
During the past eleven years, I have served on the cabinet of both of the IIRP’s presidents, and I am honored the trustees appointed me to serve as Interim President to ensure the mission of the IIRP continues forward. The trustees have engaged the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) to conduct our first national presidential search so that we can focus on serving our learners and expanding our curriculum with the new specializations in education and community engagement for the start of AY 2022-2023. I am buttressed by the high expectations and abundant support of our faculty and staff and will work with them to ensure a smooth transition once the new president is named.
The success of the IIRP has never been a singular effort. It is the drive and grace shared among our students, faculty, alumni, staff, and trustees that have helped us to thrive throughout our young history. We are in this together and are readying ourselves for a new era as we continue to work with compassionate and talented restorative practitioners.
Linda Kligman, Ph.D.