The IIRP Graduate School is excited to announce the debut of our Restorative Works! podcast, hosted by Claire de Mézerville López, M.Ed., M.S..

Claire is a licensed psychologist from UCR (Universidad de Costa Rica). She holds a Master in Education with an emphasis on cognitive development from ITESM (Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México). She also earned a Master of Science in Restorative Practices from the IIRP Graduate School. She is an associate professor at Universidad de Costa Rica, and has experience as a therapist, researcher, and consultant. Claire has published papers on adolescence, restorative practices, resilience and educational psychology.

Restorative Works! showcases the impact restorative practices have on communities across the globe and what it's like to work and live within a restorative framework. Leaders, experts, practitioners, and advocates in K-12 and higher education, community organizations, criminal and environmental justice, and more will help us explore methods for facilitating meaningful conversations that create understanding between people. Through these shared experiences, we will collectively create a clearer picture of what the field of restorative practices is all about, inspire others to investigate using restorative practices in their communities, and provide practical tools and insights for transforming relationships and effecting change.

We will touch on topics that include supporting teachers and students through transitions brought forth by the pandemic, shifting social expectations in workplaces, inter-generational divides and the challenges they can present, community building in higher education settings, combating gender-based harm, responding to trauma with grace, and much more.

Our first episode features a powerful conversation with Dr. Abdul-Malik Muhammad, educator, transformational leader, author, and founder of Akoben LLC, a professional development company, and Transforming Lives Inc., a provider of alternative education services. Dr. Muhammad speaks about shame, self-reflection, and the importance of embracing challenging work in order to bravely face injustices, racism, and social oppression. He calls out performative measures that maintain the status-quo and provides ideas about how to move forward with authenticity to create real change.

To hear Dr. Muhammad’s insights, tune in to the Restorative Works! podcast. New episodes drop every Thursday. Listen here, or subscribe via Spotify, Apple Podcast, Google Podcast or wherever you get your shows.

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