Restorative justice is a theory of justice that emphasizes repairing the harm caused or revealed by criminal behavior; it focuses on the needs of the victims and the offenders. On Friday, Nov. 16, Shenandoah hosts a Restorative Justice Symposium from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Brandt Student Center, Ferrari Room. It is free and open to the public. Individuals may attend one, two or a few sessions throughout the day.
The event includes an 11 a.m. showing of the documentary “As We Forgive,” which is about restoring peace in Rwanda in the aftermath of its 1994 genocide. This will be followed by a brief discussion.
Guest speakers will address forgiveness, justice and trauma healing. Specifically: 10 a.m. Professor Carl Stauffer of Eastern Mennonite University explains restorative justice; 1 p.m. Director of Residence Life Sue O’Driscoll, speaks on restorative justice on SU’s campus; 2 p.m. Kirk Bloodsworth, the first inmate released from death row based on DNA evidence, talks about his experience; and 3 p.m. Elaine Zook Barge of Eastern Mennonite University speaks on trauma healing.
For more information, contact the Office of Spiritual Life at 540/535-3546 or [email protected].