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UVM Department of Residential Life to Host Restorative Leadership Event

The University of Vermont’s Department of Residential Life will host a participatory workshop, "Restorative Leadership Development: Authority with Grace," an engaging, collaborative and effective way to exercise authority for managers and supervisors in academic and other workplaces, as well as for teachers, parents or anyone in a position of responsibility. The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 29 to Thursday, Nov. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Billings North Lounge. There is a fee for the workshop, and registration is required.

The four-day event will impart valuable skills for how to respond to conflicts using an approach that repairs relationships, effectively manages organizational change and employs one’s strengths as a leader to overcome gaps and weaknesses. Participants will create their own leadership development plan using new management tools.

UVM Residential Life has been working with the IIRP to bring restorative practices to the UVM campus. The initiative is now in its second full year helping UVM residential staff become restorative leaders. They are employing processes that build strong student/staff communities and collaboratively address issues, conflicts and incidents of wrongdoing that arise. 

"With restorative practices," says Stacey Miller, director of Residential Life, "we have finally found the mechanism that helps students live cooperatively, connect and genuinely build community."

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) Graduate School, world leader in the field, is presenting the event. Participation may be applied toward IIRP Graduate School course credit, with additional online coursework.

The International Institute for Restorative Practices works with partners around the world to present programs that are affordable and sustainable within the framework of local needs and resources, in a culturally appropriate manner.

For more information or to register for the event visit or call (610) 807-9221.