Get to know a little about Alanna Ojibway, one of the core team members of the National Center on Restorative Justice!
What is your work at the National Center on Restorative Justice?
My work at NCORJ primarily focuses on initiatives surrounding restorative justice in higher education, but am also involved in aspects of public education initiatives and co-hosting the Restorative Lens podcast.
What has been the most rewarding experience you’ve had working in restorative justice so far?
Being able to witness and experience moments through this work where vulnerability, trust, and compassion were able to completely transform judgement, hostility, and hurt.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about restorative justice, and how do you address it in your work?
I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that restorative justice is “a softer” approach than punishment. Taking accountability for harm you have caused, as well as opening yourself up to the vulnerability needed to work towards healing are some of the most difficult tasks we can face. From my perspective, there is no better way to address this than to have those unfamiliar or unsure experience this process directly.
How would you describe restorative justice in five words or less?
Healing-centered responses to harm
What is a fiction movie, book, or TV show that you love and would point someone to as a good example of restorative justice practice or values?
Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
When you’re not at work, what is something you like to do that brings you joy and fills your cup?
Spending time outside by the water or on a mountain–ideally with people I love and my pup!
If you could instantly learn a new skill, what skill would you choose and how would you use it?
A back flip. Is there ever a time really that adding a back flip to the mix wouldn’t be a good option?
What is your favorite type of cuisine, and what is your go-to dish at a restaurant that serves it?
Cajun food ANY day! Big bowl of shrimp gumbo and jalapeño cornbread on the side