Carlow University Welcomes
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and Social Justice
Activist Fania Davis, for Events During the Week of March
Carlow University will welcome
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and social justice
activist, Fania Davis, JD, PhD, to campus for the week of
March 18. Davis' appearance for the week is sponsored by
the Education Department at Carlow.
"Fania Davis is a champion of civil rights and an
inspiration to our students and educational partners," said Keely
Baronak, EdD, chair of the Education Department at Carlow
University. "Her influential work in Restorative Justice
resonates deeply in our community as we engage in deep and
meaningful conversations around racial inequality,
disproportionality in student achievement, and a lack of diversity
in our educator workforce. We are thrilled to welcome her to
Davis, who is the co-founder and director of Restorative Justice
of Oakland (CA) Youth, will meet with Carlow students, faculty, and
staff several times throughout the week, and will also lead two
public discussions about restorative justice on Wednesday, March 20
and Thursday, March 21. These two events are free and
open to the public.
Wednesday, March 20 - "The School to Prison
Pipeline." This event is scheduled for 4:30 to
5:30 pm, in the Gailliot Center, located on the fifth floor of
University Commons, on the Carlow campus. for tickets, visit http://bit.ly/DavisCarlowWednesday
Davis will share the story of her personal journey to
restorative justice and will offer an RJ 101 presentation, how it
differs from the prevailing form of justice, and its history and
practice models. The presentation will also focus on the way it is
being used in Oakland, California schools and the juvenile justice
system to interrupt racialized mass incarceration and the
school-to-prison pipeline. It is co-sponsored by
Carlow's Women's and Gender Studies Committee, the Social Justice
Institutes, and the Pittsburgh YWCA.
Thursday, March 21 - "Restorative Justice Practices:
Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline." This event will
be held at Arsenal Middle School, in Lawrenceville, from 6 to 8
pm. Presentation from 6-7 pm, followed by a panel
discussion from 7-8 pm. For tickets, visit http://www.bit.ly/DavisCarlowThursday
An overview of restorative justice, including its origins,
principles, practices and data, with a focus on its African
indigenous roots and its intersection with racial justice,
particularly the way it is being used in Oakland, California to
interrupt racialized mass incarceration and the school-to-prison
pipeline. Davis will also share the story of her personal journey
to racial justice and restorative justice. It is co-sponsored
with A+ Schools and Trying Together board members.
A national thought leader in the field or restorative justice,
Davis, who is a scholar and professor as well as a civil rights
attorney, grew up in Birmingham, AL, where she was close friends
with two children murdered in the 1963 Sunday School
bombing. The impact of this event gave her a passionate
commitment to civil rights and social transformation.
Biography -- Fania E. Davis, J.D., Ph.D.
Co-founder and Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth
(RJOY), a national thought leader in the
field, Fania Davis is a long-time social justice
activist, a restorative justice scholar and professor, and a civil
rights attorney with a Ph.D. in indigenous knowledge. Coming of age
in Birmingham, Alabama during the social ferment of the civil
rights era, the murder of two close childhood friends in the 1963
Sunday School bombing crystallized within Dr. Davis a passionate
commitment to social transformation.
For the next decades, she was active in the civil rights, Black
liberation, women's, prisoners', peace, socialist,
anti-imperialist, anti-racial violence and antiapartheid movements.
After receiving her law degree from University of California,
Berkeley in 1979, Dr. Davis practiced almost 27 years as a civil
rights trial lawyer with a subspecialty in academic discrimination.
During the late 1990's, she entered a Ph.D. program in indigenous
studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and
apprenticed with traditional healers around the globe, particularly
in Africa. Dr. Davis has since taught Restorative Justice and
Indigenous Peacemaking at graduate and undergraduate levels. She
has also served as counsel to the International Council of Thirteen
Indigenous Grandmothers. Dr. Davis speaks and writes on the
subjects of School-Based Restorative Justice, Race and Restorative
Justice, the Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice, Social
Justice and Restorative Justice, Truth and Reconciliation,
Youth-based Restorative Justice, the School-to-Prison Pipeline,
Mass Incarceration, and other topics.
Numerous honors include the Ubuntu Service to Humanity award,
the Maloney award recognizing exceptional contributions in
youth-based restorative justice, World Trust's Healing Justice
award, the Tikkun (Repair the World) Award, the Bioneer's
Changemaker Award, and the LaFarge Social Justice
Award. She is also
a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. The Los Angeles Times
named Dr. Davis a "New Civil Rights Leader of the 21st Century".
She is a mother, grandmother, dancer, and yoga and qigong