Upcoming Presentations, Trainings and Circles

The Center for Restorative Practices fosters an inclusive, engaging campus climate where all members have the tools and experiences necessary to engage in meaningful, restorative dialogue around community and conflict. To help with these efforts, we host a number of presentations, circles and trainings throughout the year for the Amherst College community. See below to explore what we have planned for the upcoming semester.

The events listed below offer a snapshot of events we have offered publicly. We have also offered numerous circles and trainings by request for specific groups on campus and beyond.  If you would like to request a private training or circle for your community or group, please reach out

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Jewish Journeys at Amherst

A Restorative Community Building 3-Part Circle Series

“I come from Jewish ancestry but my parents didn’t really practice the faith.”

“I grew up going to synagogue and my Jewish faith is really important to me.”

“I consider myself culturally Jewish.”

“I want there to be room at Amherst for the way I experience my Jewishness, but I don’t always feel welcomed.”

These voices are all valid. Come to a restorative community-building circle to share stories, speaking and listening from the heart.

This is a 3-part circle series: April 13, 20, and 27, from 4:00–5:30.  Attendance at the first introductory circle on April 13 is required in order to attend one or both following circles. Questions? Reach out to Susie at: sbelleci@amherst.edu. Hosted by the Center for Restorative Practices and Religious and Spiritual Life

All staff, faculty, and students are welcome.


Restorative Approaches to Conflict Transformation

Open to public registration - All are welcome via Zoom!

Sunday, April 9th, 12 - 2pm EDT via Zoom
Friday, April 28th, 10 - 12pm EDT via Zoom

In this engaging workshop, we use simulations and roleplays to find and to practice creative ways of solving disputes and reframing challenges into opportunities. Open to all students, staff, and faculty and non-AC community members.


Circle Series for Queer Men of Color

Open to AC Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni

Circle #1: April 11th 2023

Circle #2: April 25th, 2023

Calling all Queer men of color! The Center for Restorative Practices is excited to host 3 Restorative Circles centering the experiences of queer POC men, including cisgender, transgender, non-binary, and/or questioning/exploring your gender and/or sexuality.

Through the practice of circle, we will explore the themes of friendship, love, and family, with the hopes of strengthening our connections to one another. Each circle is a stand-alone event and attendance at all three is not required. 

Facilitated by Fabio Ayala, Assistant Director for the Center of Restorative Practices, and David Rosa ‘21. 

Questions or accessibility concerns? Contact fayala@amherst.edu