In Colorizing Restorative Justice, practitioners of color relate their experiences in the field, examining the inherent contradiction of using these practices within Western, white dominant, settler societies. This episode will explore questions around how cultural competency can be prioritized in equitable systems design, including: How do we account for our own implicit biases when building equitable systems? How do we monitor bias in facilitator discretion? How can we ensure that communities most impacted by inequities in the criminal legal system are included in equitable systems design, implementation, and facilitation?
As an attorney, social worker, and RJ practitioner, Ish Orkar has dedicated her career to trying to answer the question: how can we best live in relationship with each other? Ish is passionate about creating liberatory and healing spaces, working with organizations to evaluate and redesign existing systems, and supporting individuals as they engage in restorative practices. She enjoys being both a facilitator and a student in shared learning spaces on restorative living, mental health, wellness, and workplace inclusion and belonging. Her favorite place to be is sitting in a circle, and she welcomes invitations. Learn more about Ish and her work at www.grounded-intention.com.