Johonna Turner


Dr. Johonna Turner is assistant professor of restorative justice and peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. For over 15 years, Turner has worked with arts collectives, community organizing groups and other social movement organizations to build youth leadership, empower marginalized communities, and advance restorative and transformative approaches for community safety and justice. In 2007, she was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Institute to research and promote community-based strategies for challenging violence, and to engage youth in these efforts using the arts. In the process, she founded a youth leadership development project and launched several programs that integrated movement-building, peace education, arts & media, and trauma healing. Turner is an innovative educator with experience teaching a wide range of learners in a variety of settings. She formerly served as a special education, English and reading teacher with the District of Columbia Public Schools and as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland where she earned her PhD. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland, and a Graduate Certificate in Urban Youth Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Watch Johonna’s participate in a Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice webinar on Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline

Read additional articles by Johonna:

The Campaign for Nonviolent Schools: Students Flip the Script of Violence in Philadelphia

Cultivating a Counter-Cultural Mindset

Help Students Embrace a Justice that Restores

Faith-Rooted Practice: Time for Churches to Organize Differently

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