Session 1 | 12:00 PM - 1:30PM

Session 2 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Room 3473 | UCLA School of Law


Using photography as a medium, this interactive session aims to engage participants in a (de) and (re) construction of their identities relative to the criminal justice system. Attendants will be asked to engage in a two step experiential process with a framing question of “how do you see yourself in relationship with the justice system?” First, participants will be asked to individually reflect on this meta question and then use props to take photos. Following this process, participants will engage in a restorative justice listening / talking circle to reflect on the question and portrait.We hope that the integration of art and a restorative justice circle will create a dynamic space whereby participants will be able to fully and critically reflect on how people’s individual identity changes their interactions with the justice system and thus we will be able to analyze the justice system.


Jasmine Esparza

Jasmine Esparza is a current Sociology and Latino/a Latin American Studies student at Occidental College. Her current research has been focused on the ways that art can be used to create cultures of resistance against the dominant art culture. She is specifically interested in the ways that marginalized communities have been ostracised and thus have created their own art platforms. She has been practicing photography on and off for five years. Artisitcally she is interested in the ways people are represented through various photographic methods. She hopes to continue exploring the ways she could use her photography to help marginalized communities.

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Emily Jo

Emily Jo Wharry is a junior Politics major at Occidental College. For the past year, she has helped organize restorative justice events, programs, and workshops across Occidental’s campus. She is especially interested in the use of restorative justice to empower student organizing and community-building, as well as the use of restorative justice in residence halls via her position as a Resident Advisor (RA) in a gender-inclusive hall.