Everything we need is already here: Tapping internal capacity for restorative justice (IDEAS) - February 22

Recorded On: 02/22/2024


Restorative justice (RJ) is a deep and wide ethical lens for approaching conflict and harm. Many are drawn to RJ to resolve an ongoing conflict, soon realizing the power of preventing conflict via RJ and using its processes to build trust and community. The gravity and perceived risks of some aspects of RJ can make getting started rather daunting. This webinar will present an approach that emphasizes the RJ mindset and restorative storytelling as practices for transforming how we engage our co-workers and communities as we build capacity for other restorative practices.

After participating in this webinar, attendees should be able to:

  • Describe the mindset and key practices of contemporary restorative justice (RJ)
  • Identify opportunities to apply the restorative mindset to contentious issues in your institution 
  • Develop a plan to build RJ capacity within your sphere of influence

The AAMC IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism) Learning Series provides actionable information about DEI strategies that you can put into practice to become a more effective and successful leader, educator, and member of the academic medicine community.

Jay Behel, PhD

Associate Dean, Medical Student Affairs
RUSH Medical College
Chief of Hospital Psychology
RUSH University Medical Center

Jay Behel, PhD is an associate dean at RUSH Medical College and oversees co-curricular UME programs in the college. He also is a clinical psychologist and chief of Hospital Psychology at RUSH University Medical Center. Dr. Behel is a project co-lead for Rx for RJ, a collaborative through the University of San Diego Center for Restorative Justice, working to bring RJ practices to academic healthcare. He is a trainer in the AAMC's Restorative Justice in Academic Medicine (RJAM) and has spoken about RJ at Learn Serve Lead and at other meetings and institutions across the country.

Dr. Behel also is the LGBTQ+ education lead for Affirm: The RUSH Center for Gender, Sexuality & Reproductive Health. He is a leadership trainer in the Center for Innovative and Lifelong Learning, and he authored a leader wellbeing and resilience retreat in the midst of the pandemic. Dr. Behel completed his PhD in clinical psychology at Auburn University and then, completed his residency and fellowship at RUSH where he has been a faculty member since 2004.

Sonoo Thadaney Israni, MBA

Founding Executive Director, Stanford Presence Center
Department of Medicine’s Program in Bedside Medicine
Co-Founder, Stanford Restorative Justice Hub
Stanford Medicine

Sonoo Thadaney Israni is the founding executive director of the Stanford Presence Center. After more than 25 years in Silicon Valley Tech, she has been a Stanford intrapreneur for 15 years, building academic and applied science centers, programs, and initiatives. Also a thought leader in artificial intelligence in healthcare, she co-led the National Academy of Medicine’s Working Group on Artificial Intelligence, publishing the 2019 “AI in Healthcare: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril.”

Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) are at the core of all of Ms. Israni’s work. She helped develop and now co-leads the curriculum for the AAMC Restorative Justice in Academic Medicine Facilitator Training. She also launched the Stanford RJ Hub, which engages stakeholders deploying restorative practices across all seven schools and units, and co-leads the University of San Diego Rx for RJ Initiative. Her restorative justice and conflict resolution work engages participants to prevent, resolve, and leverage conflict while furthering purposeful decision-making, leadership development, and organizational vitality. Her scholarly work makes the case for interconnectedness between restorative justice, JEDI, AI, medical education, and tech.

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