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Restorative Justice program at Center for Dispute Resolution Sees Life-Changing Results for Juvenile

Adults take for granted the ability to resolve conflict — a skill perfected over a lifetime. Missouri State professor Dr. Charlene Berquist hopes to offer victims, offenders and other at-risk youths the opportunity to build the skills needed to pull themselves out of a justice system that may swallow them up.

She discusses the Restorative Justice program at the Center for Dispute Resolution – a center she serves as the director for.

  Due to the fact the offenders are juveniles, the parents play an important role, she added.

The Center for Dispute Resolution is a valued community resource and Berquist is proud of the work that all parties put into the mediation process. The research that she conducts also shows that the services are working.

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.
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