Transformative Justice Summit - Online registration required

May 3, 2019 - 1:00 - 3:00 PM - Bearcat Cavern, 2nd floor of Putnam University Center

The purpose of this summit is to invite the participation of policymakers, activists, community organizations, Department of Corrections staff, faculty and interested students to engage in finding solutions using restorative justice principles (broadly understood) to make communities safer and to transform offenders—the vast majority of whom will leave prison.  The Summit is designed to engage multiple perspectives and to form a set of working groups to brainstorm, plan, and create action items for reform.  We are working on:  Helping Children with Incarcerated Parents; Access to Education; Re-entry and transition to communities; Ending Life Without Parole; Expanding Second Look; Improving Visitation for families; and Creating a Peace Studies Program behind bars.  Through our joint WU/OSP class, we benefit from the first-hand knowledge of incarcerated men.  They have tremendous insight about how to create a more productive system and how to bring about the transformation of men who have committed serious crimes.

How to find us—

Campus Map

Parking Information—Free parking is available for the first 14 cars in the visitor lot on the corner of Bellevue and Winter. If you park here you will stop at the guardhouse, let them know you are with the Restorative Justice Summit and show identification. Once these spaces are full you will find metered parking along State Street.

Please email Professor Melissa Buis Michaux ( with questions.

If you require disability accommodation for this event, contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at 503-370-6195.

Keynote Speaker - Brandon Chrostowski


Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. His belief that “every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future” is what has driven the creation of EDWINS. The idea for EDWINS was born from a ‘break” that Chrostowski received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted at EDWINS Restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio as well as in prison. His approach is simple: arm those re-entering society with a skill set and a smile. The program provides training in Culinary Arts and the Hospitality Industry. Individuals are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but also are assisted with finding employment and have the opportunity to utilize free housing, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, and literacy programs.

Dr. Michaux's Transformative Justice TEDx Talk 


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