Ryan Virden

Ryan Virden is an accomplished educator, author, and cultural advocate based in Minneapolis. With a keen focus on nurturing inclusive environments, Ryan collaborates with individuals and organizations to cultivate mindsets and skills for effectively addressing conflicts across diverse contexts. ​

Ryan’s extensive experience includes working with organizations nationwide, guiding them toward establishing restorative cultures within their environments. Notably, he held the role of Restorative Justice Coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools and currently serves as a professor in the peace and Justice Department at St. Thomas University. Ryan’s written contributions can be found on prominent platforms such as Teaching Tolerance, The Good Men Project, and Twin Cities Daily Planet, among others. His academic journey is underpinned by a bachelor’s degree in Social Studies, along with MLS and M.Ed degrees specializing in critical studies, equity, and inclusion. Driven by a passion for positive change, Ryan Virden remains dedicated to reshaping perceptions, fostering dialogue, and empowering individuals and organizations to navigate conflicts constructively