UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research and the Violence Prevention Initiative at the Medical College of Wisconsin are co-hosting the 15th Annual Urban Initiatives Conference: "Restorative Practices: Repairing Harm and Building Communities." Restorative practices address community interests between and amongst people who experience conflict and harm. As a philosophy and healing practice, restorative justice seeks harmony through the development of common understanding between people, with a focus on problem-solving for the future rather than establishing blame for past behavior. Practitioners adopt restorative practices as a philosophical approach to increase trust levels in order to build healthy relationships that support a pro-socially functioning sense of community. Restorative practices are usually implemented with three fundamental goals in mind: repair harm, restore relationships, and build community. Because restorative communities gather people around common values, work to repair damaged relationships, and seek to include all stakeholders in the process, the field has significant implications for all aspects of society--from families, classrooms, schools, and prisons to workplaces, associations, governments, and even whole nations. Parents, teachers, law enforcement officers, managers, organizational leaders, administrators, and government officials can benefit from learning about restorative practices. Through a day of discussions and workshops, national experts Carl Stauffer and Kay Pranis and local voices will inform attendees about the principles, methods, and applications of restorative practices and demonstrate how they are being used to build better communities.