CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–January 21, 2016. Nancy Michaels, a Bachelor of Arts 2007 and Master of Arts 2012 graduate of Roosevelt’s Sociology Program and the associate director of the University’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, has been appointed to the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (IBARJ) Board of Directors.
A leading advocate in a growing national movement that is aimed at shifting away from a punitive culture and toward a more restorative, community-based form of justice, Michaels is one of the organizers of the grassroots group, Embrace Restorative Justice in the Schools Collaborative. She also has led numerous restorative justice initiatives, including training and peace circles, in the Chicago Public Schools and has been one of the chief voices behind new restorative justice policies being implemented by CPS, the Cook County juvenile courts and the Illinois Department of Corrections systems.
“It’s an honor to be selected for the IBARJ board and to be a part of its respected policy, educational and advocacy building work on behalf of furthering restorative justice throughout Illinois,” said Michaels, who is a resident of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village neighborhood.
As an IBARJ member, Michaels hopes to support the organization’s work in many ways, including working with Illinois system stakeholders to advocate for restorative justice reform that will replace punitive policies as the chief means in dealing with troubled children in schools, as well as juvenile and adult arrestees.