Community Dialogue Project

What We Offer

Learn more about how to engage with our TJ offerings

What we offer

In addition to the TJPP, the Transformative Justice initiative at Brown offers several different types of support in order to build the capacity of individuals and communities to respond to harm in transformative and non-punitive ways. Cohort members of the TJPP are actively involved in facilitating some of the offerings below as part of their apprenticeship: 

  • Three part workshop series to support the implementation of a Transformative Justice framework into student organizations. 
  • Design, coordination, and support of formal community accountability processes in response to interpersonal harm
  • Community based trainings and workshops facilitated by experienced TJ practitioners from different parts of the country 
  • Political education, community building exercises, and collective creative interventions to addition structural harm and/or the conditions within a community that facilitated interpersonal harm.

To learn more, e-mail Dara Bayer at [email protected]

What we don’t offer

Transformative Justice is a framework explicitly concerned with addressing harm and violence. While TJ is also concerned with addressing the conditions and structural inequalities that have allowed harm to occur, these processes are ultimately committed to harm reduction, meaning they center the needs of those who have experienced harm. Impartial forms of conflict resolution or mediation do not align with the TJ framework, namely the core component of accountability. For support with dealing with conflict, the Community Dialogue Program has a team of trained students that are equipped to engage with these kinds of issues. 

Transformative Justice interventions do not engage with any state or institutional processes because TJ is community-based, non-punitive, and non-coercive. Everyone that participates in a TJ process must consent to being involved. Our community accountability processes are distinct from institutional accountability processes on campus, like Title IX or Code of Conduct procedures.

This program is concerned with addressing the needs of those who have experienced harm and supporting the accountability work of those who have caused harm. For offices or groups hoping to work on issues of diversity or inclusion, this program is not designed to meet those needs. While we are concerned with transforming the oppressive conditions that lead to harm, we do not facilitate trainings to make those structures more externally welcoming. 

As someone who had caused a lot of harm in my communities, I was looking for an on-campus resource that was built to support me and that would help me work towards building healthier relationships. Transformative justice and community accountability turned out to be exactly what I needed. Through this process, I was given a space to really feel the impact of my actions. I built accountability structures with some of my closest friends and always felt like I was a legitimate human being instead of someone that the world was looking to punish.

Community Accountability Process Participant