A nationally-recognized racial and restorative justice leader, Gina Paris, M.A., has served as the Lead Planner and Co-Chair for the Fourth National Restorative Justice Conference that was held in Toledo, OH June 2013. Her dedication to community service has led Ms. Paris to fulfill many management roles on grant-funded and non-profit community organizations and initiatives, including the Lucas County Juvenile Court Probation Department, Toledo Ohio Correctional Institute, and Women Blessing Women.
A certified Workshop and Restorative Justice Facilitator, Ms. Paris’ leadership abilities resulted in her being elected Mayor of the Bryan Village North Family Housing Community in Fort Stewart, GA, as part of the Department of Defense’s US Armed Forces Division. Ms. Paris was also elected to the Department of Defense School Board at Ft. Stewart, Ga, were she served for two years.
Instructor Paris has taught criminal justice and sociology at Lourdes University in Sylvania, OH, and at The University of Toledo. College students appreciate her no-holds-barred lectures on multicultural diversity, the civil rights movement, hate crimes, juvenile gang culture and organization, and human relations and diversity. Currently, Ms. Paris teaches in the Social Work department at Southeast Missouri State University. She has also taught in criminal justice and sociology.
A former Chairperson of Education for the NAACP Toledo Unit, Ms. Paris holds membership in the following professional organizations: Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice (NABCJ), American Sociological Society (ASA), and the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP).