VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity (Week 3: Emotional)

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference: The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity (Week 3: Emotional)

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 3, we are highlighting the emotional component of humanityWeek 3 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your emotional well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 

10am-11am Terrance Anderson- Balance Amid Chaos

11:15am-12:15pm Vanessa Westley-Restoration that Heals: The Power of Collective Healing

2pm-3pm Kelly Wilson & Jennifer Bedier- Supporting Staff Through Trauma In this workshop, together they will explore how turning Restorative Approaches inward helps an organization support staff, leading to a healthier, more confident, staff empowered workshop to embrace Restorative Practices in their work.

3:15am-4:15pm Darryl Allen- Healing Ears: Therapeutic Listening 

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm  Dushaun Branch MOVEMENT + JUSTICE: Incorporating wellness, yoga, and rest into restorative justice and activism.

7:15pm-8:15pm Gail Galivan- Coping through COVID-19


Terrance Anderson is a Community Developer who partners with people, neighborhoods, small businesses, and city governments to build sustainable and thriving communities. After spending ten years in Detroit, Michigan, working in neighborhood revitalization, Terrance knows the foundation for creating a lasting positive impact in communities is its resident’s willingness to believe in the project. During his tenure in Jackson, Mississippi, Terrance partnered with public officials and community leaders to develop programming and housing for at-risk youth, the homeless, and formerly incarcerated populations.

President Obama acknowledged Terrance's advocacy work for criminal justice reform. He is the American Planning Association’s Planning and Black Community Division’s 2020 Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellow. Terrance is a member of the Mu Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society and currently lives in New York City.

Terrance holds a BS in Business Management from Wayne State University, MA in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University.

Jennifer (Jen) Bedier is pursuing her Master of Arts in Library and Information Science at the University of Arizona. She has a graduate assistantship at the Pima County Public Library in Tucson, Arizona. She is a scholar in Knowledge River, a program for information professionals who are committed to serving the information needs of Latino and Native American populations. For more than 20 years, she has worked as a capital defense attorney representing indigent people on Arizona’s Death Row.

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Kelly Wilson has worked for Pima County Public Library for over 13 years, and is currently the managing librarian of the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library. She was a founding member of the Library Restorative Practices for Youth Team, which was the recipient of a ULC Innovation Award. She currently initiates, and promotes efforts to expand Restorative Approaches throughout the library system and community.

Darryl E. Allen is the Founder and Chief Education Officer for the Mentorship Institute. Professor Allen taught at University of Cincinnati, and currently manages project implementation initiatives for La Sierra University’s Center for Conflict Resolution, Clemson University’s OLWEUS® Program, and Golden Gate Academy’s Education-Incubator (Oakland, CA). Notable deliverables that he developed are: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America’s® Teen Mentoring Model, JPMorgan-CHASE’s Executive Mentoring Program, and he co-authored the American Library Association’s® Mentoring Best Practices Model for member librarians. Https://

Gail Galivan founded Inner Alchemy consulting and coaching services for personal healing, corporate, medical, educational and professional development programs using mindfulness techniques, energy exercise and hands-on methods. She studied the art of healing and apprenticed teachings of the Far East, Egyptian and Native American cultures. More recently, her attention has been drawn to the science of epigenetics and methods relating to DNA factors influencing health and lifestyle.

FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities.


DuShaun is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) through the Yoga Alliance and was certified through Bloom Yoga Studio in June of 2020. In addition, she received her 95-hour Children’s Yoga Certification from Mission Propelle in the summer of 2018.


DuShaun has been practicing for almost 13 years and fell in love with yoga because it allowed her to find peace of mind while moving her body. As a yoga student, DuShaun noticed that in the majority of her classes she was the only black and plus sized person in the room. This inspired her to become a practitioner to bring yoga to more people who looked like her. 


DuShaun previously worked in higher education, and is currently a community organizer in North Lawndale, a community on the west side of Chicago. Because of her former and current work, DuShaun is focused on bringing yoga to youth, activists, and organizers. She believes people not only need rest and relaxation, but resistance; yoga is a powerful way to tap into the balance of ease and positive effort. DuShaun teaches through the lens of equity and trauma-informed, hosting classes in “non-traditional” settings all over the city. She intends on taking down as many barriers as possible to bring yoga to those who are looking for calm and relaxed minds. DuShaun truly believes yoga is for all, and shares that throughout Chicago and beyond.                                 

                                                                    Ways to Connect with Dushaun:

DuShaun Branch Pollard Yoga Bio



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Event Type(s): Arts & Culture, Civic Learning
Age Group(s): Elementary School, Adults, High School, Older Adults, Middle School