Educator | Speaker | Consultant
Kenya Tyson, JD is a higher education executive, speaker, and criminal justice practitioner with expertise in the fields of student success; restorative justice and crime prevention; and race, crime, and inequality. She is also the founder of K. Tyson & Associates, LLC. , a boutique consulting firm offering training and consulting expertise in the practice areas of criminal justice and higher education. Based in the New York metropolitan area, Kenya is the Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Student Services at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, School of Criminal Justice.
Prior to working at Rutgers, she held a number of dean's positions and has nearly two decades of experience as an educator, speaker, and consultant –focusing primarily in the areas of Justice Studies and Public Policy. She also served as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Project Safe Neighborhoods, the US Department of Justice’s anti-gang initiative and has consulted on several DOJ projects working with jurisdictions across the nation on crime prevention and procedural justice initiatives. She has worked with universities and human rights organizations around the globe, facilitating trainings and presentations on crime prevention and pre-trial services, as well as higher education attainment, and has served in an advisory capacity for several professional organizations.
Kenya’s extensive service includes work with the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, NJ LEEP (Law and Education Empowerment Project), International Commission for Dalit Rights (ICDR), and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Garden State Bar Association.
Kenya has received various recognition and awards in honor of her service to the community and profession. In 2016, she was recognized by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives in appreciation of her support to the Citizens of New Jersey. Kenya is also a 2017 Higher Education Leadership Foundation fellow.