Circle work is one of the oldest restorative practices utilized by humankind. Our goal is to institutionalize circle work in every aspect of American life.
Pamela Taylor, Ph.D.
For Pamela, circle work has been a long tradition dating back to her coordinating and facilitating groups, as a counselor, social worker, and community organizer. A few years ago, she reconnected with these traditions by joining the Peacemaking and Healing Circle Initiative with the Center for Ethical Leadership, as a consulting affiliate. As such, she has enjoyed keeping and leading innumerable circles and workshops, especially special interest circles on topics related to social justice, leadership, and racial healing. More importantly, she is a storyteller who strives to inspire human connection through creating and curating stories that heal.
She is Professor Emerita in K-12 Teaching, Learning, & Social Justice in the College of Education at Seattle University (SU). Her work at SU and throughout the greater Seattle community has focused on raising awareness and deepening understanding about issues related to racial and social justice. She primarily teaches the Social Justice for Professional Practice and Multicultural Perspective courses in the College of Education. In the social justice course, there is an emphasis on transformative justice. An integral key to restorative justice is engaging in restorative practices to normalize human experiences and relationships. And for the Multicultural Perspectives course, the pedagogy of circles is practiced.
Throughout her professional career — spanning several decades – she has worked in a variety of settings that have intersected across the fields of education, social and human services, and criminal justice. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Work, Masters Degree in Social Work, and a Masters of Arts and Ph.D. both in Education with specializations in Curriculum and Instruction and Multicultural Education. She has extensively studied a wide range of conflict resolution, mediation, and peacemaking circle traditions in programs across the United States and Canada.
Pamela has participated in many training programs and hold the following Circle Training Certifications and Affiliations.