Shomari Akil

Facilitator and Leadership Development Coach

Shomari Akil is a Restorative Practice Director for the New York City Department of Education within the Office of Safety and Youth Development. Shomari has been a Restorative Practice practitioner since 2013. He has presented on restorative practices both locally and nationally. In 2014, he presented a workshop at the National Alliance of Black School Educators in Kansas City, Kansas, Colorado State University, West Chester Association of Black School Educators, and various organizations in the New York area. In his current role, he is responsible for training administrative staff, which includes assistant principals, principals, assistant superintendents, and superintendents in restorative practices. Shomari has been a high school social studies teacher, dean of students, attendance coordinator, Director of Student Services, and high school principal in both urban and suburban school districts. Before becoming an educator, Shomari supervised adolescents placed in group homes in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Queens, and Brooklyn. He credits this professional experience with opening his eyes to the importance of social and emotional learning and the need for providing a holistic learning experience for young people.

Shomari has done extensive work with dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline by supporting students, families, and school leaders in various initiatives to decrease out-of-school and in-school suspensions. Shomari believes that students succeed when they are in the care of loving adults who provide meaningful academic and social learning experiences for them daily. Shomari earned his B.A and M.A from Queens College of the City University of New York. He received his administrative license from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. He credits the Noah program at Hofstra University with providing him with the political and social consciousness that he infuses into his professional and personal life.

Shomari is an active member in his fraternity, Malik Fraternity, Inc. where he was recently appointed to the Council of Elders. Shomari loves sports, photography, reading, history, and martial arts. He holds a certification in the Jeet Kun Do system of martial arts under Dan Inosanto.

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