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. We see this as best demonstrated when we can work in collaboration, with compassion, as we strive toward competency.


For Dr. Taylor, 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. She especially enjoys special interest circles on topics related to social justice, leadership, and racial healing.

She is an associate professor in the Leadership and Professional Studies department 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 Multicultural Education and Curriculum and Instruction. She has extensively studied a wide range of conflict resolution, mediation, and peacemaking circle traditions in programs across the United States and Canada.  

Pamela holds the following memberships and certificates:


  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Mediators Community of Practice
  • National Association of Community and Restorative Justice
  • Peace and Collaborative Development Network
  • The Nonviolence Training Hub
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom


  • Kingian Nonviolence & Conflict Reconciliation Trainer 
    •  The University of Rhode Island, Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies
  • Basic Mediation Facilitation
    • Volunteers of America – Western Washington Dispute Resolution Center of Snohomish, Island, and Skagit Counties
  • Multi-Party Mediation Restorative Facilitation
    • Dispute Resolution Center of Kitsap County
  • Peacemaking Circles Training and Advanced Peacemaking Circles Training
    • Conrad Grebel University College, Conflict Management Certificate Program, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Glasswing: Healing Racism Seminar
    • Healing Racism Institute of Pioneer Valley, Mount Holyoke College
  • Emotional Emancipation Circles Facilitator
    • Association of Black Psychologists and the Community Healing Network, Inc.
  • Leadership for Social Innovation
    • University for Peace, Centre for Executive Education


  • Peacemaking Circles for Racial Healing
    • Center for Ethical Leadership, Seattle, WA
  • Courage to Lead for Social Impact
    • Center for Courage and Renewal
  • Introductory Peacemaking Circle Training and Circle Keeper Training
    • Saroeum Phoung, Point One North, Boston, MA
  • Peace Circle: The Fundamentals, Facilitators Circle Training, and Facilitators – Keeper Training [3-part series]
    • Evelyn Zellerer, Peace of the Circle, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
    • Barry Stuart, Retired Chief Judge of the Territorial Court of Yukon, Canada
  • Deeper Circle Diving Training
    • Evelyn Zellerer, Peace of the Circle, Vancouver, B.C. Canada
  • Circle Facilitator Training
    • Tracy Roberts, The Circle Center, Nashville, TN
  • Advanced Circle Keeper Training
    • Kay Pranis and Tahnagha Myers, Nashville, TN
  • Advanced Circle Keeper Gathering (2017 and 2018)
    • Kay Pranis, Ashville, NC
  • Circle Process for Coaches
    • Howard Stanten, Intus Personal and Group Transformation, Providence, RI
  • The Circle Way Practicum
    • Amanda Fenton and Tenneson Woolf, Tofino, B.C., Canada
    • Kelly Foxcroft-Poirier and Dawn Foxcroft, Tseshaht First Nations, Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
  • The Circle Way: A Deeper Dive
    • Christina Baldwin and Tenneson Woolf, International Online Course
  • The Circle Way Advanced Circle Keeper Practicum
    • Amanda Fenton and Tenneson Woolf, Whidbey Island, WA