Relationships are at the center of our lives, however we often find that our relationships can be fraught with conflict in ways in which we are not sure how to restore them to a healthy balance. This session explores the restorative justice paradigm as a means to repairing conflict and building more balanced relationships. Anchored by the belief that all people are relational and worthy, participants will learn how to circle up, create community values, build empathy and walk away with tools that energize their day-to-day interactions. This is an interactive session that centers the unique strengths of women, encourages dialogue and listening, all while learning how to deconstruct thought.
Nichelle Calhoun has taught and worked in capacity building in non-profits in the United States and Latin America and the Caribbean. While deepening connections to the African Diaspora, she began a personal journey with her own roots, returning to ancestral spaces in Fauquier and Rappahannock Counties, Virginia. Now, as an independent scholar with the Afro-American Historical Association of Fauquier County, she is researching and presenting an ethnography of her family line over 200 years in the Piedmont area-the basis of her future podcast, “The Micro.” Her first published work, Songs of Yemaya, interrogates the intersectional voices of Black women from around the Diaspora in prose.
Nichelle brings this interdisciplinary approach to her ethnography, incorporating creative writing, history, and anthropology to reveal the lives of the women in her family throughout time and space. Nichelle Calhoun holds a Master’s in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from Florida International University and a Master’s in International Administration from the University of Miami.