How We Engage
Seeking community, appreciating complexity; gaining insight and discovering both grace and growth, we aspire to cultivate a community where we do better together and we are better together.
More than 50 NYU students contributed to the creation of a seven-minute film (below) that makes more explicit the approaches and mindsets students feel are important to share and advance on NYU's campus; ways of engaging that we all hope will lead to a deeper appreciation for each other, even when we don’t see eye-to-eye. We also hope that these messages will inspire your journey at NYU.
Fostering Connection: The Power of Restorative Practices
Simply put, Restorative Practices is the science of community and relationships. It is a powerful approach to fostering positive and healthy relationships within our NYU community. By focusing on dialogue, empathy, accountability, and fairness, RP assists in building community, maintaining relationships, and resolving conflicts. Whether you are a student, faculty member, or staff member, incorporating Restorative Practices into your work and relationships can move us toward a healthier campus community. Watch the video below to learn more about RP.
Engage with Restorative Practices
Across the university, we’ve committed to embodying the principles of Restorative Practices. This allows us to engage in meaningful dialogue that encourages community, invites nuance and complexity, and allows for grace and understanding. Here are some examples of how Restorative Practices can be used:
Examples for Students:
- Building Relationships: Build stronger connections with your peers through community-building circles such as holding club/team meetings in a circle to ensure that every member of the community provides their input.
- Difficult Situations: Whether it's a disagreement with a roommate or a misunderstanding with another student, restorative conversations can help us engage one another to resolve issues while considering the impact our actions can have on others. Use the affective questions above to deepen understanding and connection.
Examples for Faculty:
- Classroom Engagement: Incorporate restorative practices into your teaching methods to enhance student engagement, empathy, and collaboration. Community-building circles help establish a safer space for students to express themselves and build a sense of community within the classroom.
- Difficult Conversations: Utilize restorative approaches when conflicts arise between students in academic settings. Holding restorative conferences or circles can help you and your students engage one another and find resolutions that focus on understanding, repairing harm, and learning from the experience, all while promoting accountability and inclusivity.
Examples for Staff & Administrators:
- Staff Relationships: Create opportunities for restorative conversations among colleagues to address conflicts, build trust, and strengthen teamwork. Holding staff/team meetings in circles can contribute to a more inclusive environment, and incorporating fair process principles ensures that all parties have a voice and are treated with dignity.
- Accountability: Explore restorative accountability measures. Restorative practices can be used to help individuals reflect on their actions, take responsibility, and make amends, fostering personal growth and reducing recidivism.
In addition to the video, the following resources are available to help you learn and grow:
Take Action to Be Better
Tools for building community, strengthening relationships, and addressing difficult situations
Providing NYU community members with the knowledge and tools to explore concepts related to identity, diversity, and community.
Navigate Difficult Situations
These offices and initiatives offer support and resources to help NYU students work through difficult conversations and conflict.
Report an Incident
These offices and initiatives encourage students to share concerns and learn about creating a more accountable and inclusive community.