Hampshire’s Ethics and the Common Good Project Selects Jasmyn Story and Honeycomb Justice for Spring Residency

Hampshire College’s Ethics and the Common Good Project recently announced that restorative justice facilitator Jasmyn Story and the organization Honeycomb Justice have been chosen for the Common Good Practitioner-Scholar Residency.

This year’s Common Good Practitioner-Scholar Residency aims to deepen a shared understanding of restorative justice and transformative justice by strengthening the capacity for community members to engage in restorative approaches to community building and address harm and injustice.

The spring residency launched with two virtual events open to all Hampshire College students, staff, and faculty as part of Hampshire’s Community Education Days. Community Education Days are a component of the College’s new curricular model and are integrated throughout the academic year. The interactive keynote lecture for the February 25 Community Day of Education, "To Hear & Be Heard: What Restorative and Transformative Justice Have to Offer Us," focused on shifting towards a culture of healing-centered accountability, and the March 16 workshop "This Is Only The Beginning: Restorative Justice and Campus Community," focused on perspectives on how restorative justice practices can benefit a whole campus.

Later in the spring semester, Story and their collaborators at Honeycomb Justice will offer an advanced training for student, faculty, and staff facilitators. The residency will also incorporate a strategic design initiative, identifying opportunities for implementation of restorative justice practices at Hampshire.

Jasmyn Elise Story (they/them) is an international restorative justice facilitator, doula, and the founder of The People's Coalition and Freedom Farm Azul. Story was named one of Vice's “31 Women Making History by Creating a Better Future.” As the former deputy director of social justice and racial equity for the office of the mayor of Birmingham, Story co-led the launch of Alabama's first government-sustained women's initiative.

Honeycomb Justice is a group of restorative and transformative justice facilitators and educators dedicated to collective healing and communal building. They share a collective vision of an equitable, just society rooted in anti-racist practices and methodologies.

The 2021 Common Good Practitioner-Scholar Residency is organized by the Ethics and the Common Good Project (ECG) in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (IDI), the Community Commons (CoCo), the Dean of Students Office, the Lebrón-Wiggins-Pran Cultural Center, Residential Life, the Center for Spiritual Life, the Wellness Center, and the In/Justice Learning Collaborative.