Dr. Shaniqua Jones completed her doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a specialization in higher education in May 2016. Her diverse background in academics and her profession as well as her personal journey has allowed her to understand the concerns of those she serves.
With a proven professional code of high standards within the post-secondary arena, she accepted a two-year assignment as Director of Community Engagement and Diversity Programs at Trinity Christian College. She advised students to serve in various capacities across the country, mentored scholars with a rewarding college experience through academic preparation and spiritual formation ingenuity and provided opportunities to discuss matters of the heart as it relates to diversity and social justice utilizing Restorative Practices.
For the 2018-2019 academic year, she used her collection of experiences as the Restorative Justice Coordinator – Dean of Students at Chicago Collegiate Charter School and as a foundation for her Restorative Justice training that she provides to churches, schools, community organizations, The Cook County Southland Juvenile Justice Council, and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Currently, Dr. Jones is the Coordinator of Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices with Thornton Township High Schools District 205.
Dr. Jones is a wife and mother of five biological children as well as an author of three astonishing works.
Dr. Jones has been identified as a Restorative Justice Practitioner and Scholar with several years of research and teaching experience. If you are looking for ways to create a dialogue in a safe place built on the values of each shareholder, contact Dr. Jones for a consultation below.
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 re-occurrences.
Restorative Justice is reactive in approach while Restorative Practices has the opportunity to be proactive.
Restorative justice is not simply a way of reforming the criminal justice system, it is a way of transforming the entire legal system, our family lives, our conduct in the workplace, our practice of politics. Its vision is of holistic change in the way we do justice in the world (Braithwaite, 2003)” Dr. Jones has presented her work in various settings on how to implement Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices in the home, educational settings, and the community. She utilizes the philosophy of Restorative Justice to provide an alternative approach to punitive measures; reducing the school-to-prison pipeline, and creating safer homes and communities.
This memoir enlightens us of the journey that has led to the present day accomplishments. Dr. Shaniqua Jones early years as a young church goer and rebellious teen unfortunately involved years of abuse, medical issues, and other obstacles have rightfully prepared her for the road which is to come. She is a living testimony and has gifted us with her life’s journey through written expression. There’s a continuum of awaited lessons that lie ahead!
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