Spring 2015 Calendar

Understanding Deaf Culture and Cross-Cultural Work with Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing
April 13 4:00-5:30
Alger 110
Joseph Batiano, LMHC


is a counselor at the Rhode Island School for the Deaf. He holds an MA in School Counseling from Gallaudet University. He is himself deaf and fluent in American Sign Language.

 Building Restorative SchoolsTuesday, March 17, 4-5:30 pm, Alger 110, 
Rhode Island College

Dr. Carmen Veloria, Ed.D.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has been an urban educator in the P-16 system, as a classroom teacher, college access program administrator, and currently as an Assistant Professor. She holds a Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and has published on pedagogical approaches to promoting access, equity and social justice. She focuses on systemic issues that negatively impact the educational trajectory of students of color, and brings this lens to her restorative justice work.  Dr. Veloria teaches restorative justice at the college level and is also interested in college access initiatives for under-represented students as well as persistence and retention efforts in higher education.  Her research interests include urban sociology/education, intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and gender, juvenile justice, and language usage and culture. Her most recent publications include: Veloria, et.al., (2014) "Searching for Heroes: A Critical Examination of Student Emotional Responses Following Mandatory Social Justice Training Workshops," Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis: Vol. 2: Issue. 2, Article 7 and Veloria, C., (2014) Attending to Small Talk in the Classroom: An Issue of Answerability /Responsibility. Pedagogy and the Human Sciences,1 (4), 51-60.

Erica Bronstein, JD. 
is a Fellow at the Center for Restorative Justice at Suffolk University, and a co-founder of the Institute for Restorative Initiatives (IRIS).  At IRIS, Erica is a lead trainer on circles and restorative practices. From 1998-2011, she was a Managing Partner at Ibis Consulting Group, a leader in the field of diversity and organizational development. A lawyer by training, Erica has more than 30 years’ experience as a consultant and trainer within schools, universities, non-profits, corporations, the Massachusetts Courts, and the labor movement.  Erica is a graduate of Brown University, received her JD at Northeastern University, and has trained in restorative practices with Kay Pranis and Nancy Reistenberg.