16th Annual Northwest Justice Forum REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Keynote Speakers: Announcement Coming Soon! Dates: May 17th-19th, 2022 South Puget Sound Community College, Lacey, WA Proposal Due Date: 5:00 PM, January 31st, 2022
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The NW Justice Forum fosters the gathering of individuals committed to, or interested in learning about, the principles and values of Restorative Justice. We gather to increase understanding, share practical application, ensure cultural inclusion, and explore theoretical implications of living and working restoratively in the Northwest.
The Northwest Justice Forum is seeking workshop proposals for its 16th Annual Forum in 2022. We recognize that our lives and worlds have not been “normal” for a while now and that what was once our practice may no longer be. In particular, we have all been disconnected from many of the communities that once sustained our lives, including the broader community of restorative justice practitioners. In that spirit, our gathering in May will primarily be an opportunity to reconvene, reconnect with one another, share what we have been doing the last two years, and begin conversations about what is now emerging in the Pacific Northwest.
Theme: Restorative Justice: Honoring the Past and Creating a Future Together
Three key areas of focus for the conference are:
Restorative Justice in a COVID-19 world: An opportunity to reflect and share about how your work changed during pandemic life. What did you learn? What new practices will you keep? What have you been learning to let go of?
Emerging Practices of Restorative Justice and Beyond: Transformative Justice, Healing Justice, Prison-Industrial Complex Abolition, and many more emerging frames for thinking about restorative practices are now a part of the public conversation. How do these frames expand our understanding of RJ? How do they grow from it? How do they critique it? How are you involved in this work?
Antiracism and Restorative Justice: What is the relationship between restorative justice and racial justice? Acknowledging how the field of “restorative justice” on this continent has been in some ways shaped by white dominant practices and systems, where are you shining a light? Are there ways in which RJ values can also help address these needs for growth? How do you incorporate the work of racial justice in your own restorative practice? How have you transformed your own RJ practice in light of critiques from liberation movements? How has local or national reactions against the racial justice movements impacted your RJ work?
While presentations and workshops with a primary focus on "Restorative Justice: Honoring the Past and Creating a Future Together" are particularly sought, any presentation/workshop that furthers the understanding and/or implementation of restorative justice will be considered. Applicants should consider and, if legitimately present, highlight those aspects of their proposal that align with the three foci of “Restorative Justice: Honoring the Past and Creating a Future Together.” Presentations about work that aligns with restorative justice but is not called “restorative justice” will also be considered.
Audience The conference is designed for restorative justice practitioners, justice and court system personnel, victim services/advocacy staff, school personnel, students, and community members, including law enforcement and non-profit service providers.
Session Format We encourage proposals that emphasize active learning, skill-building, case studies, creative approaches, and time for group discussion. Workshops should encourage dialogue and elicit active participation by attendees – not be primarily lecture format. It’s important to present a balance of practical application and big picture visioning. Session participation could range from 15 to 45 participants.
Session Length Sessions are usually 90 minutes in length. Please contact us directly if you are interested in a longer session (up to 180 minutes in length). We appreciate your flexibility as we assign time slots. Occasionally we offer the same session more than once. Please indicate whether you would be willing to repeat your session.
Session Coordinator All sessions involving more than one presenter need a designated contact person who will serve as the primary liaison to NWJF in terms of conference planning and communication. Coordinators are responsible for organizing, introducing and facilitating their sessions as well as providing NWJF with all necessary information and materials prior to the conference.
Audio-Visual Equipment It is important that you indicate any and all audio-visual needs that you have for your presentation. We will provide more information about what is available once those details are confirmed. If you have additional equipment needs, you will need to specify this in the proposal submission form.
Presenter Discount Presenters may attend the day of their presentation for free. If presenters wish to attend the second day, they will pay the regular one-day rate.
Presenter Registration If you wish to attend sessions on the day of your presentation, we ask that you register for the workshop sessions you would like to attend (even though there is no cost). If you attend a second day, please register for this as well. Registration forms will be available approximately on or before March 2022.
Submission Process and Deadline Proposals are due January 31, 2022. Proposals will be selected on the basis of relevance to the conference theme, and to create a diverse program. To submit a proposal please complete the electronic application below.
Your proposal must include all of the following information: 1) Presenter Information
Session Coordinator: If there is more than one presenter for your workshop, designate who will serve as the Session Coordinator.
Give the full name, official title, address, email, and telephone numbers for each presenter.
Submit a short bio for each presenter.
2) Session Length
Specify your preference for the length of your session.
Specify whether you are willing to offer your presentation more than once during the conference.
3) Descriptive Title, Short Session Description, and Learning Objectives
Provide your recommended workshop title and a description of your session (no more than 100 words). If accepted, your title and description will be used in conference materials. We may edit either the title or the description, but will discuss any changes with you before publication.
Inclusive List of Learning Objectives – these may be bullet points of what the session will address.
4) Experience Level of Participants
Specify the level of experience that is most appropriate for participants at your session. All skill levels, including new to RJ, or Experienced (for those with significant prior knowledge and experience).
5) First Time Participants
If you are a first time NWJF presenter, please list one reference (name, title and contact information) who knows your presentation style/skills.
6) Session Scheduling
We will schedule your workshop to ensure that we have workshops available for all audiences in each session.
Proposal Selection Proposals will be reviewed by the NWJF Steering Committee. Proposals that align most closely with the conference theme will receive highest priority.
Notification You will be notified via e-mail of your proposal’s acceptance by February 21, 2022. In the meantime, please pencil in the forum dates on your calendar to ensure your availability upon notification of acceptance. If accepted you will be required to electronically submit your slides and handouts to be used in your presentation by May 2, 2022. Slides and handouts will be made available to conference participants via electronic files after the conference. If accepted, you will also be required to bring the handouts and materials for those that attend your session (you will be notified of the number of participants registered for your session)