Living Restorative Practices and Supporting Communities
Current student Jonathan Shenk is serving his community as a small business owner and a Presbyterian minister. His education at the IIRP is helping inform his practices in both roles, which he will continue to develop and carry out after graduation. Through creating a sense of belonging for his employees and providing opportunities for new entrepreneurs, Jonathan embodies the principles of living restoratively each day.

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.

The IIRP Graduate School announces the latest issue in the Presidential Paper Series. Creating Cultural Change in Education: Implementation Science and Human Capital Theory is written by Keith Hickman, Vice President of Partnerships.

Using a decade of experience implementing restorative practices into K–12 through the Whole-School Change Program, combined with research from Johns Hopkins and RAND, Keith argues that two additional resources could be used to improve results. Implementation science can ensure that the program is enacted with fidelity and a human capital framework can maximize resources and provide sustainability. He explains how their use could result in co-created strategic plans, additional identified resources, data monitoring, and evaluation.

Roshelle Sparman-Small, current IIRP student and Impact Scholar recipient, has seen first-hand the inequities that exist in many poorer areas of the world when it comes to understanding and navigating legal systems. As an attorney admitted to the bars of Guyana and Barbados and co-founder/co-owner of Sparman and Small Virtual Advice Service, a pioneering an online startup law-tech firm, she is actively seeking to change that.

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In this issue:

  • The Questions We Ask Matter.
  • Impacting Community: "Walking to With" in Wichita Public Schools
  • Impacting Higher Education: The Collaborative Center for Restorative Practices in Higher Education
  • The Historic Appointment of the IIRP’s Third President
  • Kansas City Museum Tells the Whole Story
  • Expanding the Impact of Restorative Practices in Canada
  • Weekend Citizenship Program Teaches 21st Century Competencies
  • and more...


On this webinar, held on Thursday November 17, 2022, Othon Jiménez Madrigal, lawyer by Michoacán University and member from the P'urhépecha community shares his reflections about ancient wisdom on justice from indigenous communities from Latin American territories. He shares the importance of having a sense of community and accountability regarding harm, as well as community justice in the larger context of restorative justice implementation in Mexico. Othon discusses the myth of thinking about restorative justice as something new and foreign, when there are strong ancient roots, not only from abroad, but local, that with time and the modern system have been fragilized. We reflected on how to look at restorative justice from a different angle that allows us to continue to build community through today's complex reality.

Lehigh Valley, PA - November 16, 2022 – From January 25-27, the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) will host its online 2023 World Conference. During the three-day event, participants will experience a mix of live panel discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and music and art presentations, as well as research poster presentations and community exhibitor booths. Additionally, live panels will be interpreted into Spanish, Portuguese, and French in real time. Key topics include explorations in the role restorative practices plays in environmental justice, school and workplace challenges, and intergenerational cooperation that can bring global transformation.

The Judicial Drug Treatment Monitoring Program being implemented by the municipal government in Bogotá, Colombia, uses a restorative approach to justice by attending to victims, providing evidence-based medical treatment to participants, and encouraging reparations for damages caused. A delegation from the U.S. government supporting this initiative included Todd D. Robinson, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and Peter Natiello, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. In August 2022 they participated in a hearing of the Judicial Follow-up Program for Drug Treatment to observe the program’s outcomes.

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The International Institute for Restorative Practices Inaugurates New President and Expands its Impact Scholarship Program

Lehigh Valley, PA- November 4, 2022 - The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) inaugurated Linda Kligman, Ph.D., as its new President during a ceremony at Hotel Bethlehem on November 4. During her acceptance speech, Dr. Kligman announced the institute’s expansion of its Impact Scholarship program, awarding five additional full-tuition scholarships to international candidates for the next five years.


The International Institute for Restorative Practices

is proud to announce the inauguration of

Linda J. Kligman, Ph.D.

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Restorative Works Year in Review 2023 (PDF)

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