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About Us

The Center for Racial and Restorative Justice, a clearinghouse for research, scholarship, advocacy and action, aims to educate students and our communities about the history of race in America and the barriers to upward mobility for people of color in areas such as education, criminal justice, health care, commerce, and housing.

Through a multipronged approach, the center will ensure that UW-Eau Claire is preparing graduates for life in a truly changing landscape. Understanding the concepts of race, justice, equity, equality, restorative justice, and critical identity theories will help our graduates stand above their counterparts as well as become leaders in ongoing social and cultural change.

Strategic goals for the center

The center’s approach to preparing graduates for life has several strategic goals as its centerpiece for social and cultural change:

  • Provide a space for research on race to advance and enhance a comprehensive UW-Eau Claire education.
  • Develop a body of research, scholarship, advocacy, and action regarding Indigenous Peoples.
  • Present speakers, researchers, and practitioners on the topics of race.
  • Coordinate, develop, and implement university-wide trainings, workshops, and engagement opportunities to enhance critical understandings of race and justice.
  • Secure funding to support strategic and operational initiatives that advance the impact of the center.
  • Provide opportunities for student engagement to create sustainable change.
  • Sponsor mentoring and professional development opportunities for students of color to ensure they are prepared for success and leadership in various settings.

Racing Toward Justice

“Racing Toward Justice” is a priority program of the Center for Racial and Restorative Justice. The program features speakers on topics of race and social injustice and provides micro grants for student programs or initiatives committed to advancing racial justice. 

So many of us have different experiences, perspectives and stories — and I think that’s what’s so great about the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. We’re all different, coming together to learn, grow and find our way. Providing this center and resources is an incredible tool that students will be able to take into their everyday lives and bring with them wherever they go.

Jordan Blue Special Education

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Catherine Emmanuelle

Accomplished leadership with record of success

The inaugural director position for the center has been filled with the hire of Catherine Emmanuelle, a longtime regional and city equity advocate.

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Meet Our Team

  • Blaire Ziebol
    Blaire Ziebol (She/Her)
  • Kao Sheng Khang
    Kao Sheng Khang (She/Her)
  • Priyanka Singh
    Priyanka Singh (She/Her)
  • Andrés Mallea
    Andrés Mallea (He/Him)
  • Sabrina Ftouhi
    Sabrina Ftouhi
  • Catherine Emmanuelle
    Catherine Emmanuelle (She/Her)


Restorative Justice on a Campus

Here is an example of a three-tier model of restorative justice as a whole campus practice:

Tier One: Build and Strengthen Relationships 

  •  Community-Building Circles 
    • Who are we? 

    • What are our stories? 

    • What are our core values? 

    • What is important to us? 

    • What kind of community do we want? 

    • How do we want to treat each other? 

    • How will we all contribute? 

  • Community-Concern Circles 

Tier Two: Respond to Conflict and Harm

Restorative Conferences 

    • What happened? 

    • Who has been impacted? In what way? 

    • What are the harms to be addressed? 

    • What needs do we have? 

    • What will make things right? 

    • How do we rebuild relationships? 

    • How do we address this in a restorative way? 

Tier Three: Support Reentry

  • Circles of Support and Accountability  

    • How do we support this individual? 

    • How do we support harmed parties? 

    • Has the individual taken responsibility? 

    • How do we prevent recurrence? 

    • How will we welcome this person back? 

    • What resources do we need for successful reintegration? 

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