Everyday RJ: Moving from rhetoric to repair and resilience in ourselves and our communities

When: February 21, 2024  12-1:30PM ET

Guest: Dr. Desiree Anderson and Dr. Josh Bacon

Host: Jonathan Swartz


In September 2022, Josh Bacon published a book that lays out a restorative process for making things right with yourself and then the world. Based on over twenty three years of coaching thousands of people through their setbacks and failures, Josh discovered the most important part of the restorative process was not the presenting struggle the person was facing, rather the meaning made from the struggle. Josh will share seven steps to help those facing challenges, struggles, setbacks, and failures, not only to hold themselves accountable but to grow stronger and wiser from the experience and be better able to meet the next challenge.

Desirée Anderson has previously published chapters in Colorizing Restorative Justice and Ethics in Higher Education, focusing on implementing restorative justice with fidelity and towards justice as repair. Desirée suggests that creating repair has to happen in everyday practices, in the nitty gritty, the mundane. Good restorative justice and restorative practices happen in the fine print, in the design of services, the programs, and the policies. Prominent forms of restitution are often more rhetorical (and only focused on outcomes) than substantive (more focused on process), and Dr. Anderson suggests a shift towards good process as that which creates good outcomes. In this webinar, we will hear from Josh and Desirée about their current projects and practice, and engage in dialogue about meaning making, and about making it right.

Guest Bios

Maisha Winn

Desirée Anderson, Ph.D. Desirée Anderson, Ph.D., M.Ed., (she/her/hers) was born in San Diego, California. She earned her B.A. and M.Ed. from the University of Louisville, and her Ph.D. from the University of New Orleans, studying the use of campus-based restorative justice (RJ) approaches as a response to racially-motivated bias incidents. Dr. Anderson is the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Prairie State College. She previously held positions at the University of New Orleans, Saint Mary’s College of California, Tulane University, and Texas State University. Desirée serves as an adjunct instructor and a Restorative Justice Trainer and Facilitator. She has released book chapters in Colorizing Restorative Justice, Ethics in Higher Education and Applying Restorative Justice to Campus Sexual Misconduct: A Guide to Emerging Practices and founded Lorde & Liberation: Building Transformative Solutions, LLC. She watches an unnecessary amount of TV in her free time, especially K-dramas.

Maisha Winn

Josh Bacon: A former screw up who was able to keep pulling himself back up from the many storms in his life to eventually serve thousands of other people and help them learn how to rise from the setbacks of their lives. Josh served as an administrator for over twenty years at James Madison University, recently retiring in 2020 as their Dean of Students. Josh also served as a faculty member at the university and co-directed the College Student Personnel Administration Masters program. Josh has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Clemson University and a Masters in Education Administration from Salisbury University. Josh consults with colleges about implementation of restorative justice practices. Josh currently resides in Lacey Springs, Virginia with his wife and three daughters.