Peace Summit Keynote Spotlight: Keyria Rodgers
Keyria Rodgers’ professional experience extends across 14 years in government and 9 years in higher education/academia. She currently serves as Director of Millikin University’s Criminal Justice Department, Instructor of Criminal Justice, Director of the Teen Justice Diversion Program, Grant Administrator for Adult Redeploy Illinois, Board member for the Juvenile Justice Initiative (Statewide policy agency), Board Member for Macon County CASA, Board Member for Boys and Girls Club of Decatur, founder of the Restorative Justice Global Partnership, or GRJP, (which includes Hawaii, Chicago, Decatur IL, Houston, Washington D.C., New York, Italy, London, Singapore, and Nepal) and independent consultant for grant writing and restorative justice training. Rodgers is also on the editorial board for RJ4All Internet Journal of Restorative Justice in London.
In December 2020, she was appointed by Governor J.B. Pritzker to the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission where she will serve a 3 year term. Rodgers also joined the Lt. Governor, Julianna Stratton, Advancing DJJ Transformation Committee in May 2021. Here she he and her colleagues from around the state of Illinois work to transform the state’s juvenile justice system.
Her research interests include:
- Public administration
- Public policy
- Criminal justice issues
- Social justice
- Restorative justice
- & Community-based program development
As a grant writer and public manager, she creates budgets for non-profits, government agencies, independent contractors, foundations, and community-based organizations. To date, she has written grants and managed more than $5 million in various types of funding for government and community-based programming.
She is currently completing her Doctor of Public Administration degree with the University of Illinois at Springfield.