Using Restorative Justice (RJ) to Build Community in Academic Medicine (Tier I) - October 15, 2019


Join us for an introduction to restorative practices for building a health learning community by Jay Behel, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Rush Medical College, and Adrienne Lawson, Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement at University of California Davis Health.

David Acosta, AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer will host and moderate the webinar.

Tier I restorative practices are primarily designed as prevention education to develop conflict communication skills and create "brave spaces" for academic medicine community members to share authentic perspectives on campus or work culture and climate. Restorative circles are used to build community, strengthen relationships, and open lines of communication for problem-solving. In this webinar, Jay and Adrienne will describe Tier I restorative circles and the ways they have used them at UC Davis Health and at Rush.               

Note: Three tiers of practice will be described during the 4-part webinar series, each of which will be elaborated in subsequent webinars. 

  • In the upcoming RJAM webinar No. 2 of the series, Tier I Community-Building Circles will be discussed, which help develop healthy working relationships and interpersonal competence to address conflict and climate concerns. 
  • RJAM Webinar No. 3: Tier II Restorative Conferences respond to incidents of misconduct or harm by developing plans to repair harm and rebuild trust. Scheduled November 21st @ 2pm EST.
  • RJAM Webinar No. 4: Tier III Reintegration Circles provide community reassurance and social support for someone returning to the community after a period of separation. Scheduled December 10th @ 2pm EST.

Jay Behel, PhD

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Jay Behel is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Rush Medical College where he directs student professional development and wellness initiatives and supports processes for community-building and addressing student mistreatment. He also is a clinical psychologist and director of Geriatric & Rehabilitation Psychology at Rush University Medical Center and is the education director for the LGBTQ Health Committee at Rush. Dr. Behel completed his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University with majors in English and psychology. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Auburn University and then completed a residency and fellowship at Rush. Dr. Behel has published and presented extensively on a range of topics including adjustment to disability, physician communication and, more recently, several aspects of medical education.

Adrienne Lawson, EdD

Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement

Adrienne Lawson serves as the Director for Institutional Culture/Climate and Community Engagement at the Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with University of California Davis Health. Adrienne’s primary responsibilities include: climate needs assessment and reporting; professional leadership development; continuous diversity improvement; marketing of the office of equity, diversity and inclusion; and community engagement. Adrienne has a doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. Her research interest is broad in scope which includes: equity, climate and culture change in organizations, women faculty leadership and retention, cultural and language diversity;  gender differences, role-modeling and mentorship, faculty, and staff diversity and inclusion. Adrienne was the former Diversity Manager for Faculty Recruitment and Retention at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon. She also held an adjunct faculty position with Sacramento State and Argosy University. Her hobbies include: mental, physical and spiritual health, reading, and traveling.

David Acosta, MD

AAMC Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

As chief diversity and inclusion officer, David A. Acosta, MD, provides strategic vision and leadership for the AAMC’s diversity and inclusion activities across the medical education community, and leads the association’s Diversity Policy and Programs unit.

A board-certified physician of family medicine, Dr. Acosta joined the AAMC from the University of California (UC), Davis School of Medicine where he served as senior associate dean for equity, diversity, and inclusion and associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer for UC Davis Health System. He previously served as the inaugural chief diversity officer at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, where he established a rural health fellowship program for Tacoma Family Medicine, a residency program affiliated with the UW Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Acosta received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola University and earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Community Hospital of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, Calif., and a faculty development fellowship at the UW Department of Family Medicine.

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