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Restorative Practices in the Workplace

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External Investigators |  Internal Investigators
Niosha Shakoori |  Carolyn Bys |  Christopher S Dennis
1 hour
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
May 06, 2021
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With some states removing the “severe and pervasive” standards from anti-discrimination laws, along with a trend of increased reporting at workplaces after BLM and #metoo movements, there is a growing demand to think about how to better address and repair harms caused in the workplace by discriminatory actions.  Restorative Practices may have the answers. In this session, we will explore the roots and key concepts of restorative justice, an approach that de-emphasizes the punitive aspects for dealing with harm that’s transforming the disciplinary approaches in a growing number of schools and used in the criminal justice system. A practitioner will share experiences with Restorative Practices in his work in schools and workplaces. We will conclude by proposing some considerations for how Restorative Practices can become part of the spectrum of methods to address workplace misconduct. 

Learning Objectives: 

Participants will be able to: 

  • Explain the background and key principles of restorative practices 

  • Identify the spectrum of restorative practices 

  • Describe practical applications of restorative practice 

Disclaimer: The contents of this webinar and the positions taken are those of the presenter only, may be time sensitive, and are not warranted, endorsed or otherwise recommended by AWI and are not intended to provide legal advice.  

Cancellation Policy: If you must cancel your webinar registration and do so on or before Monday, May 3, your webinar registration fee will be refunded. To cancel your registration, email Julia Renner at There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, May 3. 



SHRM PDCs: 1.0


California MCLEs: 1.0



Carolyn Bys's Profile

Carolyn Bys


Equitable Terms

Carolyn Bys is an experienced workplace investigator, having conducted or coached more hundreds of investigations across the globe while leading the ethics and investigations unit of a large, international non-profit in the international humanitarian and development sector. She is now the Principal at Equitable Terms, a firm that assists organizations in creating and maintaining equity-informed and trauma-informed approaches to workplace conduct policies and accountability procedures.  Her current practice is further informed by her diverse experience, including as an appellate criminal defense attorney and working internationally as an anti-bias trainer, training prosecutors and law enforcement in Eastern Europe on investigating hate crime. She regularly works with international NGOs on drafting workplace conduct policies, reporting procedures and frameworks, delivering trainings and building capacity for investigators on sexual misconduct.

Christopher S Dennis's Profile

Christopher S Dennis

Associate Head of School for Community Engagement

Campbell Hall Episcopal School

Christopher S. Dennis’ professional strengths and personal priorities are advocacy and motivation for equity in education, business, and social justice. A founding consultant of the Campus Culture Group, he currently serves as Associate Head of School for Community Engagement at Campbell Hall Episcopal School in Studio City, CA. Before joining Campbell Hall, he served as the Director of Equity and Diversity at the Collegiate School of New York. This role followed his appointment as Associate Dean of Students and Director of Case Management at Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. His professional journey began at Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota as a program supervisor in the Student of Color Retention Program and an instructor in the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center with the Urban Education Summer Scholar Program. In these positions, Christopher helped urban learners identify their strengths and use their innate resiliency to maximize and ensure higher education success. A two-time graduate at Concordia University earned his B.A. in Kinesiology and his M.S. in Organizational Management before obtaining his M.Ed in Higher Education Administration and Policy at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Christopher is currently in a doctoral program at the University of San Diego for Education for Social Justice. In each role, Christopher has utilized and implemented restorative practices such as circles and conferences.