Restorative approaches

Often violations of community participation guidelines might be unintentional or based on gaps in awareness (e.g., about how to use more inclusive language or how specific behaviors can exclude others). A restorative approach to addressing the harm caused by these violations emphasizes the importance of seeking to learn, repair, and grow where possible, rather than resorting to punitive measures as the default. (Note, some violations will still need to be addressed punitively.)

Example: Scheduling a private conversation with a community member after they use ableist language in the forum to explain why their word choice is problematic and seek a remedy.

May overlap with repair.

Citation: Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement. (2021) CSCCE Glossary: Inclusive Language in Community Building. Woodley, Pratt, Bakker, Bertipaglia, Dow, El Zein, Kuwana, Lower, Roca, and Santistevan doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5718783

Categories: Inclusive language
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