Award Recipient

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Tauya Forst


Tauya R. Forst is a Professor of Justice Studies at College of DuPage. She holds a BA from Bradley University, MS from Grand Canyon University, and a JD from Northern Illinois University ? College of Law as well as a Graduate certification in Online Instruction from University of Illinois and Restorative Practices from International Institute for Restorative Practices. Attorney Forst?s experience includes civil law at British Petroleum and Legal Solutions. Her legal experience in both criminal and civil law areas has shaped her passions of intermingling law, education, and restorative practices. Currently, Professor Forst teaches at College of DuPage (COD). She is a Community Relations Commissioner for the village of Glen Ellyn. Professor Forst?s actively participates in COD?s Black Student Leadership Committee, Co-Lead for COD?s Human Resources Equity and Diversity Subcommittee. Additionally, Tauya is the current Chair for COD?s Constitution Day Committee helping execute such programming as The Nineteenth, Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments, as well as the United States Supreme Court. Furthermore, she presents frequently on Systemic racism, Institutional racism, Restorative Practices, Restorative Justice, Lady Justices of the United States Supreme Court, and Unconscious Bias in educational, not-for-profit and employee trainings. Also, Professor Forst co-led the first Silent Demonstration for faculty and staff regarding racial and social justice at College of DuPage. As an avid champion of Restorative Justice, Professor Forst envisions implementing these tools nationally and internationally. She has co-authored a constitutional law text entitled ?Constitutional Law Comes Alive: An Integrative Approach through COD?s Open Education Resource program to help students meet their financial goals with no-to-low-cost textbook alternatives. Furthermore, Restorative Practices is key to her research and classroom instruction. Tauya used Restorative Practices to assess and author a manual to train youth who participate in a juvenile peer jury as an alternative to adjudication. Finally, she is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association.