About

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.

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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.

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:

MEMBERSHIPS and AFFILIATIONS:

  • 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

CERTIFICATES:

  • 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

ADDITIONAL TRAINING:

  • 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

Circle Work Affiliates

Stephanie+Sarantos

Stephanie Sarantos, RN, BSN, Ph.D.

Stephanie’s approach is most influenced by her work at The Clearwater School, a radical educational community where students direct their own education, share equal rights with adults and have a voice in all decisions influencing their daily lives. Stephanie studied dance and received her BSN in nursing at the University of Washington. As an RN, she worked with families facing life-threatening illness, which led her to research the ways that children are affected by and respond to trauma and stress. She returned to the University of Washington to pursue her masters and doctorate in Educational Psychology with specialization in special education, cognitive and social development and a focus on children’s temperament.

She was introduced to peace-making circles through racial healing circles, the circle process resonated deeply. Circle work constantly deepens her understanding of herself, her communities and the nature of the world. She works hard to deepen her understand her role as a white person in fighting racism and oppression. She is a strong believer in multiple ways of knowing—and is drawn especially to kinesthetic learning which influences her approach in circle work. She believes in changing the world through daily practice and action—most often in many small steps.

 

DianeSchmitz

Diane Schmitz, M.Div., Ed.D.

Diane S. Schmitz, is an educator, minister, and writer with over 20 years of experience designing and leading transformational group processes. Her primary focus is working with predominantly white communities to increase the awareness and knowledge needed to be effective partners with communities of color in dismantling racism. She has 17 years of experience in higher education administration with focus areas in management, equity and inclusion work, support for marginalized students, university leadership, and teaching graduate-level social justice courses in an adjunct capacity.  Diane is an experienced designer, presenter and facilitator of webinars, seminars, workshops, trainings and conference presentations on multiple topics.

She is a trainer for Allies for Change, an organization that provides anti-oppression education, training, and resources for individuals and organizations committed to social change. Her doctoral degree in educational leadership focused on Whiteness in Higher Education.

Diane believes every day provides an opportunity to dismantle some of her internalized white dominance through staying awake, practicing humility, taking personal responsibility for her learning and being accountable to communities of color. Her work for social justice is motivated by a deep belief in the capacity for change in individuals, organizations, and communities.