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Restorative Justice Practices

The Office of Restorative Justice Practices offers a wide application of restorative justice practices (RJP), which includes two approaches: 1) a proactive approach to building community and strengthening relationships and 2) a responsive approach that focuses on addressing the harm, identifying individual and community needs, and restoring the community.

Restorative Justice Practices applies the principles of restorative justice (RJ) in a proactive way by facilitating community circles. A community circle is an approach to community building that creates a space for participants with varying values, experiences, and backgrounds to discuss a particular topic. Everyone is encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue, creating a new understanding of the topic for participants. Community members who request community circles work with a trained RJ facilitator to develop a discussion topic that will generate meaningful dialogue among circle participants and strengthen their relationships with one another.

Restorative justice (RJ) is a mindset: a specific way of thinking about harmful acts and our response to them. The modern notion of restorative justice was originally applied in the context of the criminal justice system to offer a means for an alternative resolution, but restorative justice practices are increasingly being brought to bear when harm has been done in other contexts, including the workplace and educational settings. A restorative circle is an approach to repairing harm that has been done within a community. Participants in a restorative circle are encouraged to be open and honest about their perspectives regarding a conflict, discuss how they have been harmed, how they think others might have been harmed, brainstorm solutions on how to make amends, and reintegrate parties back into the community.

Restorative justice practices and UCSF's PRIDE Values

For all members of the UCSF community to work together to fulfill our mission, UCSF has adopted a set of overarching values that aligns with UCSF’s Principles of Community. The PRIDE Values are aligned with restorative justice practices (RJP) in the following ways:


  • RJP defines accountability as taking responsibility for one's actions and taking steps to restore trust, dignity, and care.
  • RJP encourages community members to work together collaboratively to find solutions.


  • RJP provides opportunities to build working relationships that are based on mutual understanding.
  • RJP encourages empathy and compassion for people with different points of view and different life experiences. 
  • RJP prescribes a framework in which people are compelled to listen more and talk less, giving everyone an equal voice.


  • RJ circles provide a space for people to express and exchange emotions honestly.
  • RJP lends transparency to the process of conflict resolution.


  • RJP encourages engagement by everyone and is based on the idea that all people are interconnected.
  • RJP appreciates and celebrates differences in others. It is about respecting the individuality and worth of each person. 
  • RJ circles provide an opportunity for people to speak and listen to one another.


  • RJP enhances professional skills by providing a useful framework for team building, collaboration, and resolving conflicts.
  • RJP enables people to do their best by supporting their well-being, giving them psychological safety to express their feelings and build better relationships with colleagues and others in the community.