Circles for Social Change (CSC) uses the philosophy and circle-process of restorative justice to create deep cultural change in schools, nonprofit organizations, and communities striving to confront and heal the harms of racism and other forms of oppression. For these changes to occur, we believe we must do the inside work of gaining awareness of our assumptions and biases and developing skills and resiliency to engage with others in courageous and authentic conversations and action.
Joyous Bey is an artist and facilitator who deeply believes in the power of cultivating connection as an anecdote to despair, isolation, and fear. Joyous completed a B.A. in American Studies -- Race and Ethnic Studies from Wesleyan University, and went on to work in youth development & empowerment for the next seven years. As a restorative justice coordinator with SEEDS Community Resolution Center, Joyous created RJ curriculum & implementation structures for elementary schools; led trainings with teachers, administrators and parents, in addition to organizing and facilitating student RJ groups. In whatever Joyous is offering -- as an educator, facilitator and musician they bring a commitment to social justice, healing, and heart centered presence.
Ramsay Boly is a second-year Burkinabe-American graduate student with the Master of Development Practice. Ramsay’s values and identities draw from a global spectrum of cultures, ideologies, and narratives. Ramsay completed a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a minor in Non-Profit Studies at George Mason University before taking on the entrepreneur lifestyle. Ramsay believes that modern development urgently needs a shift away from identity-based politics and paternalistic practices, that reflects divine interdependence to enable true collaboration. His work towards these goals focuses on self-cultivation, restorative justice, diversity inclusivity, conflict resolution, youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, and collaborative impact.
Jonathan Bradley is a practicing mediator and a restorative justice specialist, currently working for the Pittsburg Unified School District as an RJ Coordinator. Prior to that, he was restorative justice coach for SEEDS Community Resolution Center, implementing RJ programs at Bay Area Schools and communities. Formerly, he worked at Community Works West as a Community Conferencing Coordinator, where he offered RJ diversion programs for youth who had been convicted of felony-level offenses. His specialization is working with families in crisis to offer restorative approaches to conflicts and harm.
Nicole Cuellar, a Bay Area native, graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Environmental Politics. While studying at Cal, Nicole attended trainings at, and volunteered, with the Restorative Justice Center. Since graduating in 2015, she has been working as a Restorative Justice Practitioner, initially implementing Restorative Practices in elementary schools and facilitating Victim Offender Reconciliation for justice involved youth. Currently, Nicole is utilizing these practices in a re-entry program with Community Works West. Nicole hopes to support the implementation of Restorative Justice at a institutional level in order to transform systematic oppression and injustices.
Katherine (Kat) Culberg began her career as a registered nurse who quickly developed a passion for working in the areas of public health and social justice. Her focus has been on impacted, adolescent youth in urban, underserved, under-resourced areas. She has been active in providing direct service and in developing and managing school-based health centers in Oakland. After years of feeling that traditional intervention and prevention models were limited, she began to look for additional ways to best meet the healing needs of those youth she worked with and loved. Over the last few years, she has studied, trained and participated in restorative justice work ultimately resulting in a position with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY) directing the Circles of Support and Accountability Re-entry program in the Alameda County Juvenile Hall. Her passion for and commitment to restorative justice continues to grow, particularly as it relates to racial reconciliation work.
David Dean is passionate about healing the psychological impact of systemic oppression on youth most vulnerable to its violence, and within people made dominant by it. He believes we can find the strength and understanding we need to contribute to the creation of a just society. He has sought to do this as coordinator of a summer youth activism program called The Unity Hoops Project, as an advocate for restorative discipline in schools, as a facilitator supporting men to overcome hyper-masculine social expectations, and as a writer and trainer for White Awake. David’s ancestors come from the British Isles but he was raised in Maryland on land taken from the Piscataway people. He was shaped most by his parents’ love and his upbringing in Quaker communities. He loves to play basketball, write, sing, and facilitate others’ discovery of their own inherent goodness and power to create social change.
Jose ‘Eddie’ Estrada has been a Restorative Justice Practitioner at Berkeley High School for 3 years. His work entails coaching and modeling restorative practices, offering support to classrooms and teachers, collaborating with staff to refine restorative interventions, and providing tailored trainings to meet the needs of everyone involved. He previously worked with SEEDS Community Resolution Center and oversaw the implementation of RJ in over ten school sites for the Napa Valley School District.
Alexander Pedro Mayorga was a Restorative Justice Coordinator with SEEDS Cultivating Community, Transforming Conflict for 2 years. Pedro’s experience includes conflict resolution, group facilitation, youth mentoring and teaching students self-awareness and cultural humility. Additionally, Pedro has provided professional development workshops for teachers, administration, and school personnel on topics such as social justice and structural racism. In February of 2016 Pedro was selected as the Key Note Speaker for the Black Student Union at Pittsburg High School. His background includes being an active community volunteer, ESL Instructor in Bay Point and a former interpreter for the Mt. Diablo Unified School District. In his spare time his passions include the art of music, meditation, and reading. Pedro is a nerd at heart and a devoted father.
Julie Shackford-Bradley is the co-founder and coordinator of the Restorative Justice Center at UC Berkeley. Prior to founding the RJ Center, she taught in the field of Peace and Conflict Studies for 15 years. The RJ Center offers services, programs and trainings for campus and the local community in RJ and restorative practices. Julie has facilitated many trainings for colleges and universities, with focus on building solidarity for social justice, improving communication across difference, responding to bias and sexual harm. She is actively engaged with PRISM (Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct) as a writer and trainer.