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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Restorative Justice through Feminist Pedagogy: Exploring Strategies for Teaching Future Criminal Justice Professionals at Bronx Community College

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Criminal Justice (CRJ) undergraduate students at Bronx Community College (BCC) are striving toward professional careers, such as local, state, and federal law enforcement officers, lawyers, judges, probation and parole officers, and social workers, that provide special restorative justice opportunities. As professionals, our students’ will ultimately accept responsibility for healing and rebuilding their communities. They will also face extraordinary challenges working within a field that thrives on oppressive, patriarchal values that are counterintuitive to the restorative justice perspective (e.g., strict obedience to authority, emphasis on punishment, little support for victims and their families, and lack of rehabilitative services for offenders). Additionally, the majority of our students reside in communities that are themselves in dire need of restorative justice efforts. Most BCC students live in the Bronx, a borough of New York City with a 2.9% increase in murders, 15.2% increase in rape, and 1.5% increase in felony assaults since 2013 (Police Department City of New York, 2014). The Bronx has the highest unemployment rate out of the five boroughs, 12.7% compared to the citywide average of 9.2% (New York City Public Information Office, 2013). BCC is a Hispanic serving institution, with 60.4% Latino and 30.3% Black students (http://www.bcc.cuny.edu/). Thus, our students enter the classroom with admirable aspirations to become community leaders, while simultaneously coping with personal experiences of oppression on a daily basis. As instructors of a learning community for CRJ students, we have a unique and privileged opportunity to help our students promote restorative justice in both their personal and professional lives. We propose a presentation to share and deconstruct our experiences teaching and collaborating with students. In the spirit of the conference theme, the purpose of this presentation is to discuss how we apply a feminist pedagogical approach as part of our own restorative justice mission.


Brandi Rima

Bronx Community College

Crystal Rodriguez

Bronx Community College

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm PST