Who's That Lady?

Dr. Shaniqua Jones is an inspirational author, motivational speaker, educator, and Restorative Justice Practitioner. She has self-published her first book, 12: A Memoir To My Younger Self May 2016 and co-authored two publications on entrepreneurship including The Entrepreneur Within You and Success, Failure and Recovery. When she’s not raising her five children and being a wife, she’s most likely writing or involved in activities relating to collaborative communities and education for young and adult learners.

Professional Bio:

Shaniqua Jones, a leader in her own right and a proven professional of high standards within the post-secondary arena. Among other responsibilities, she is the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education Coordinator and Staff Clerk for the School of Extended Learning and the Office of International Services at Governors State University (GSU).

Shaniqua began her professional career in the non-profit sector on the south side of Chicago for several years. During this time, she was promoted from office assistant to executive assistant and recovery home operator over three male recovery homes. She formed lasting relationships with a variety of state agencies ranging from Cook County Drug Court, Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Human Services, and Illinois Department of Corrections.

Shaniqua transitioned to entrepreneurship as the CEO of Senorita Entertainment providing a welcoming experience for comedians and patrons to partake in fellowship and laughter in the south suburban Cook County area. The platform allowed local comics to hone their skills while nationally recognized comedians returned to an intimate setting to perform. Shaniqua saw the need to be more creative in approach to promoting local talent by combining a vendor experience for small business owners.

As Shaniqua completed her undergraduate and graduate degree at Governor State University (GSU), she learned of the philosophy of Restorative Justice under the leadership of her mentor and professor. Restorative Justice became a way of life for her as she was able to apply theory to practice in her own personal affairs. Shaniqua was recognized as a student leader on campus by modeling the way and encouraging the heart. Even through facing hard times, Shaniqua managed to rise to the occasion. For her final project to complete her graduate degree, she co-created a 15-semester credit hour Restorative Justice Certificate Program. In 2013, Shaniqua graduated with her Master of Science in Criminal Justice as the Commencement Speaker which is one of the highest academic honors a student can achieve at GSU.

Her diverse background in academics and her profession as well as her personal journey has allowed her to understand the concerns of those she serve. As a current student, she has had the opportunity to serve the student body as a leader in addressing concerns, being visible and available, and supporting student-based programs on campus.

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Restorative Justice Consulting

Shaniqua has been identified as a Restorative Justice Practitioner Scholar with several years of research and teaching experience.

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From the moment Shaniqua spoke to thousands as the 2013 Governors State University Commencement Speaker she has shared her journey to restoration. She inspires others to make their dreams reality.

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Shaniqua established SJ Plublishing for the publishing of books, instructional material, curriculum, presentations & more in the philosophy of Restorative Justice.

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Writing is narrative healing for Shaniqua. She shares her gift with others through a philosophy, Restorative Justice and restorative practices which evolved from Restorative Justice.

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At a Glance: Curriculum Vitae



Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Leadership (2016)
Capstone Project: Implementing Talking Circles within Living Learning Communities

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (2013)
2013 Commencement Student Speaker
Capstone Project: Restorative Justice in the Home and Community
Independent Study: 15-Credit Hour Restorative Justice Certificate

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Minor: Social Work

Teaching Experience


Doctoral Student/Instructor – Mastering College Success (2014 – Present)
Instruct first-year students and administer all grades.
Assisted in the acclimation process on an individual basis with each student
Ensured each student received the necessary on-campus resources to be successful

Teacher Assistant (2013-2014)
Restorative Justice in Schools
Introduction to Restorative Justice
Alternatives to Institutional Corrections
Developed syllabus and overall course structure, and administered all grades.
Provided an online learning component
Facilitated circle process in class to apply theory to practice


Trainer – Peer Mediation Training
Trained and provided technical support to students and faculty for a peer mediation program
Coordinated and facilitated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Assisted in the implementation of a tracking system for cases referred to peer mediation program

Motivational Speaker for Colleges/Universities

“Inclusive Leadership Conference” presented at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2015

“Restorative Justice in Schools” presented at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2014-Present

Professional Presentations

“Unlearn, Relearn, Learn: Justice” facilitated at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2016

“Perspectives: The American Experience – 16 Shots” facilitated at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2015

“Restorative Justice: Be the Change You Seek” presented at Governors State University Start Something That Matters Summit, University Park, IL, 2015

“Talking Circle: Women in Leadership” presented at Governors State University S.H.E.R.O. Conference, University Park, IL, 2015

“Homelessness Panel” panelist at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2015

“Domestic Violence” facilitated at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2015
“Perspectives: The American Experience” facilitated at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2015

“O’ Say Can You See” presented at Governors State University Civil Rights Act & Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Commemoration Conference, University Park, IL, 2014

“Restorative Justice Drive-In Conference” co-coordinated at Governors State University, University Park, IL 2014

“The Entrepreneur Within You” panelist at 25th African Festival, Chicago, IL, 2014

“Our Children…..Their Voice Forum” presented at Abundant Living Christian Center, Dolton, IL, 2013

“Urban Collaborative National Conference” presented at Westin Hotel, Chicago, IL, 2013

“Talking Circle on Race and Justice” facilitated at Governors State University, University Park, IL, 2013

“Restorative Justice Parent Café” presented at Lowell Longfellow Elementary School, Harvey, IL, 2013

“Collaboration for Student and Family Success”, presented at SPEED School, Chicago Heights, IL, 2013

“South Suburban Family Alliance for Family Education” presented at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School, Harvey, IL, 2013

“Restorative Justice and Early Childhood Language Barriers”
presented at Governors State University, Family Development Center, University Park, IL, 2013

Professional Experience


Director of Community Engagement and Diversity Programs


Navy College Program for Afloat College Education Coordinator – School of Extended Learning
Staff Clerk – Office of International Services (2015-2017)

Interim Admission Counselor / Staff Clerk (2014 – 2015)

Graduate Assistant (2012 -2014)


AmeriCorps VISTA – Building Capacity Coordinator (2013 – 2014)


Executive Assistant/Office Manager/Recovery Home Operator (2006 – 2011)

Professional Affilations & Memberships

Southland Juvenile Justice Council 2016 – Present

Council of College and Military Educators 2015 – Present

National Association of Community and Restorative Justice 2015 – Present

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers 2015 – Present

Alpha Phi Sigma/Alpha Nu Chapter, National Criminal Justice Honor Society 2015 – Present

Association for Continuing Higher Education 2015 – Present

Criminal Justice Student Society, Governors State University 2015 – Present

Activities Chair and Information Officer, Student Senate, Governors State University 2015 – Present

Community Representative, Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education 2014 – Present

NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 2014 – Present

American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois 2013 – Present

Student Coalition for Diversity and Social Justice, Governors State University 2014 – 2014

Student Senate, Governors State University 2013 – 2014

Criminal Justice Student Society, Governors State University 2013 – 2014

Volunteer Experience/Civic Engagement

Flint, Michigan Mission Trip – Co-Coordinator 2016 – Present

American Cancer Society – Relay For Life – Team Leader/ Event Leader 2014 – Present

Illinois Department of Human Services – Volunteer Leader 2010 – 2012


At a Glance: Teaching Philosophy


I am authentic in approach to learning via critical thinking. Learning styles are life-long, meaningful, and transformational. “Once you stop learning, you start dying” quoted by Albert Einstein speaks volumes to being a life-long learner. Learning must be meaningful to understand the involvedness of every student encountered. This approach allows students to explore their creative (right brain) that ignites rhythm, imagination, and dimensional awareness which promotes critical thinking. Students are then able to apply theory to practice.


The ability to apply theory to practice occurred when I learned of a philosophy, restorative justice in my graduate studies. Restorative justice in higher education is a personal passion to build social capital. Achieving intended goals will consist of: allowing shareholders involved in specific offenses/violations the opportunity to resolve an issue in a restorative manner (i.e. circle, conference, mediation); provide a safe and comfortable environment to all shareholders involved within an infraction; ensure that there is a strategic plan in place to administer follow-up within a timely manner; address underlying issues in an authentic approach to resolve issues; and provide an array of resources to all shareholders based on the dynamic of needs.

One of the highlights of the graduate program experience transpired during my capstone project. Along with another graduate student and professor, we created a 15-credit hour, 5 course Restorative Justice Certificate for undergraduate, graduate, and community members. The main objective is to provide each individual with the knowledge to apply restorative approaches in their capacity (home, community, school, work, etc.). Applicants must have a successful record of upper division college course work.

As a doctoral student I had the honor to be selected as one of eight instructors to teach the Mastering College Success course designed for first-year student’s fall 2014. The opportunity to teach in a non-traditional (restorative) manner was granted and initiated meaningful relationships with first-year students.

Restorative justice is a philosophy that encourages meaningful dialogue among shareholders within a safe space. In other matters, restorative justice is utilized to resolve conflict between all parties involved without placing blame on what one may consider the ‘offender’. Restorative justice seeks to resolve the root cause(s) in order to prevent any reoccurrences. Weitekamp
(1999) provided a vigorous statement “restorative justice has existed since humans began forming communities” (p. 81). He says, “It is kind of ironic that we have to go back to methods and forms of conflict resolution that were practiced some millennia ago by our ancestors who seemed to be much more successful than we are today” (p. 93).

Restorative justice relies less on traditional judicial processing, and more on victim, community, and reprobate-centered practices that hold individuals who have caused harm accountable for their actions. Restorative justice practices ensure that the consequences of harms and offenses meet the specific needs and desires of victims and community members, while attending to improvement in the individual who have caused harm competencies so as to prevent future harmful behavior on the wrongdoer’s part.


Criterion-referenced grading is accurate to the aforementioned aspirations and beliefs rooted in authenticity. Each student is unique as experiencing life from different lenses. Not one journey is alike. Therefore, it is beneficial to the student and the instructor to explore learning from multiple perspectives.

Syllabi’s are typically formatted by the college within the higher education institution. Instructors have the ability to implement particular processes that follow the institutions guidelines. Presentations (Power Point, Prezi, SlideShare, etc.) can all be utilized in a creative manner to meet the requirements and objectives of the course which takes into account the way in which a student learns.


Analysis and reflection are two significant components of evaluation. The evaluation process is two-fold; student evaluation and instructor reflection. There are three key areas of importance:

  • Communicating learning goals
  • Contact of new knowledge
  • Commitment

These three key areas plants the seed in order to reap the benefits of teaching within leader-scholar communities.


Weitekamp, E. (1999). The History of Restorative Justice. In G. Bazemore & L. Walgrave (Eds.), Restorative Juvenile Justice: Repairing the Harm of Youth Crime (pp. 75-102). New York: Criminal Justice Press.