Season 1, Episode 2: Co-opting Restorative Justice in Higher Ed with Dr. Desiree Anderson

Season 1, Episode 2: Co-opting Restorative Justice in Higher Ed with Dr. Desiree Anderson

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Desiree Anderson, who authored the chapter in Colorizing Restorative Justice titled “Co-opting Restorative Justice in Higher Education.” Desiree earned her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans (UNO) and focused her research on the use of campus-based restorative justice approaches as a response to racially-motivated bias incidents. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs at UNO. In this conversation, Desiree shares her journey about how she got involved as a restorative justice practitioner in higher education, and through that work experienced first-hand what she describes as a “conflict of ethos” in terms of higher institutions offering a restorative program, yet still attempting to make it fit within the mold of traditional conduct codes. Desiree offers insightful and practical suggestions for ways that educational institutions can move towards a more restorative model of functioning; one that is centered around compassion, vulnerability, empathy, and intentionality.