Special Message for Student Leaders

As we find ourselves dealing with the challenges of 2020 and, in particular, a complicated Election Season, the Restorative Practices @ Penn Student Steering Committee has created two documents to help Student Leaders navigate this difficult time in a manner that promotes community, well-being and healthy dialogue. Please click on each document for more information:

Election Letter to Student Leaders

RP@P Guide for Navigating Challenging Conversations


The Restorative Practices at Penn (RP@Penn) Program promotes restorative practices on Penn’s campus to build strong communities and address interpersonal and group conflict. Restorative practices offer the Penn community a proactive approach to building community and preparing members for managing inevitable conflict in healthy, productive ways. Through RP@Penn, restorative practices provide safe, confidential opportunities for members of the Penn community to discuss strategies for resolving conflict on their own and/or working with a neutral facilitator to resolve conflict among participants. 

RP@Penn is housed within the Office of Student Conduct as an umbrella for the University’s Restorative Practices, which includes the Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program. RP@Penn represents a collective of campus partners working together to create a safe, healthy and productive campus community. The RP@Penn Steering Committee consists of key partners from across campus who aim to identify and implement restorative practices as appropriate and beneficial. These partners and the 60+ trained partners from across campus are invested in creating a restorative campus culture. In order to coordinate restorative practices on campus, The Office of Student Conduct works with these campus partners to best support the unique needs of each conflict or opportunity that arises.

Specifically, RP@Penn offers Restorative Circles, Conflict Coaching, Mediation, Restorative Conferences, Workshops on Communication and Conflict Resolution skills, and Workshops on Restorative Circles. These services are available to all members of the Penn Community who seek to build community, or manage/resolve conflict. Additonally, restorative practices are considered by the Office of Student Conduct when resolving violations of the Code of Student Conduct when appropriate.  

To learn more about the RP@Penn services:

Practices for managing existing conflict:


Proactive Restorative Practices:


CONTACT US: To learn more or to request a service, please call Restorative Practices @ Penn Program at 215-898-5651 or email pcerdera@upenn.edu