Restoring Community

Read our latest post, "During the COVID-19 crisis, restorative practices can help."

March 20, 2020 update

The IIRP has cancelled upcoming professional development events in the U.S. through April 30, 2020. We are taking this action in support of local and national efforts to slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.

If you were registered for an event during this time, you will be sent an email with more information on applying your registration to a future event or requesting a refund.

We are thinking of you daily and are ready to support you in any way we can.

March 16, 2020

Dear IIRP Community,

Like all of you, we at the IIRP are following all events related to the COVID-19 pandemic closely. Our first priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, faculty, and global learning community.

I have asked that all public and private events over the next two weeks be rescheduled. In addition, most IIRP staff are temporarily working remotely. We hope this makes a positive contribution to public health as we all seek to reduce risk and flatten the curve of transmission. We will continue to monitor the situation and reevaluate our options going forward.

All IIRP Graduate School courses and customer services will continue uninterrupted. Our robust digital platform for learning, collaboration, and communication will serve our community well during this period.

This crisis is global. The solutions must be as well. As a worldwide network of practitioners and scholars devoted to “restoring community,” your expertise and a broader view of our human family is needed now more than ever.

I have been inspired by friends and colleagues from the restorative practices community who are putting their skills and knowledge to work in helping to encourage local and international collaboration in response to this crisis.

In particular, I have witnessed the special concern for those most impacted by necessary social distancing measures: the elderly, infirm, imprisoned, and those with chronic conditions that put them at high risk of infection. While in-person contact must be limited, social contact doesn’t have to be. There are so many ways to let people in our lives know that they are not alone.

Hopefully, there will be positive stories that emerge from this crisis, stories that highlight the best aspects of our common humanity.

Until then, know that everyone at the IIRP hopes that you, your family, and community stay safe and healthy. We are thinking of you daily and are ready to support you in any way we can.


John W. Bailie, Ph.D.