Writing to Restore and Connect: A Restorative Justice Writing Workshop

SSSL 2022 | End-of-Conference Event | Sunday, February 20, 2022

Location:

Hyatt Centric Midtown Atlanta

Facilitator:

Paula Rawlins

Biography:

Paula Rawlins is Assistant Director of Undergraduate Writing and Tutoring at Yale University’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning. She has published research focused on issues of interdisciplinary collaboration and linguistic diversity, including a co-authored chapter in the forthcoming collection Building a More Linguistically Just Campus: Theory, Pedagogy, and Advocacy (Multilingual Matters). Interested in accessible, inclusive, and anti-racist teaching practices, Paula is an executive board member of the Online Writing Centers Association, for which she chairs the Diversity and Social Justice Committee. She earned her PhD from the University of Georgia (UGA), where her research focused on Southern women writers. Her literary criticism has appeared in South Atlantic ReviewLabel Me Latina/o, and North Carolina Literary Review. 

Call for Papers:

While primarily used in criminal justice and social work settings, educators around the globe are increasingly turning to restorative justice practices to create more inclusive classrooms prioritizing the value of peer-mediated learning and conflict resolution. Borrowing from restorative justice principles, this workshop invites participants to reflect on and share the ideas—both exciting and troubling—they encounter and conceive over the course of the conference. Through vocalizing their unique perspectives and acknowledging those of their fellow conference attendees, participants will build a more extensive and nuanced understanding of SSSL 2022. 

Attendees will then be invited to engage with language as we respond to creative writing prompts. Each writer will compose with their own commemorative poem inspired by their personal experience of the conference. Through practicing active and empathetic listening, participants will support one another’s intellectual and creative exploration and leave having experienced the powerful possibilities of restorative justice in educational settings. 

To Apply:

Because space is limited, those wishing to participate in this workshop are asked to submit a brief statement (no more than 200 words, please) about their interest in attending this event by January 15, 2022. Please email your statement and any questions to Paula at paula.rawlins@yale.edu.