My name is Kendra Svilar (she/her/hers), and I got hooked on restorative justice several years ago when I discovered that a restorative approach aligned more with my values and beliefs about how to extend empathy and dignity to all involved in complex resolution processes.
I received my B.A. in psychology as a natural science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan (1998), and my law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio (2003).
For the last few decades, I have held various positions at small, medium, and large-sized public and private institutions. I have been a Civil Rights Investigator, Director of Student Conduct & Community Standards, Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and Title IX, Coordinator. I have also been an assistant prosecuting attorney assigned to the domestic violence unit and the juvenile division.
Now, I'm an independent consultant with Restore Resolutions, LLC, and the Center for Education Equity as a restorative justice facilitator and a civil rights investigator.