About WPS

About WPS

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WPS Mission

The mission of Women in the Public Sector (WPS) at John Jay College is to promote gender equality and provide opportunities to address gender issues in public service. WPS enacts this mission by educating, engaging, and fostering a consortium of students, faculty, public service practitioners, and community members interested in women in public service.

WPS Goals 

The goals of WPS at John Jay College are to:

  • Educate participants on the context of women’s experiences in the public sector.
  • Engage with participants through activities and discussions that share experiences, information, and resources.
  • Foster a sustainable consortium of students, faculty, public service practitioners, and community members to collaborate in personal development, education, research, and outreach projects.

 

WPS History

WPS at John Jay College was founded in Fall 2013 when Co-directors, Nicole Elias and Maria D’Agostino, recognized a need for students and faculty to focus on women in public service within and beyond the John Jay community. Women in the Public Sector has hosted a total oftwenty-six events to date with 1,638 participants. These events have educated John Jay and the larger academic, practitioner, and service community on women’s issues in public service. Examples of these events include Spring 2019 Workshop on The Promise & Perils of Mentorship in a #MeToo Era, Spring 2018 Women in the Public Sector Networking Event, the 2017 Women in the Public Sector Speaker Series with NYC Department of Probation Commissioner Ana M. Bermudez, the 2017 Women in the Public Sector Speaker Series with Mary Luke of UN., and the 2016 WPS Professional Development Workshop with Civil Rights Attorney Melissa Brand.

In addition to these educational events, WPS conducts research on gender in the public sector and MPA curriculum. Our gender equity work has been presented at seven national conferences, including: the ASPA 2019 Annual Conference in Washington DC, the 2018 NECoPA Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, the 2018 NASPAA National Conference in Atlanta, GA, the 2018 ASPA National Conference in Denver, Colorado, the 2017 NECoPA Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont, and the 2017 NASPAA National Conference in Washington, DC.

WPS partnered with Academic Women in Public Administration (AWPA) and the Section on Women in Public Administration (SWPA) to host networking events at the American Society for Public Administration conferences. In September 2017, WPS launched its blog, “Gender Dialogues: A Space for Community and Conversation”. The purpose of our blog is to begin a conversation with academics, practitioners, and students surrounding sex/gender in the public sector. The WPS blog prompts readers to consider the role sex/gender plays in public service and how that shapes the way we think, govern, and are served by sex/gender identities and markers. The WPS blog provides an outlet for sharing ideas and rethinking long-standing issues from diverse perspectives in an informal, creative space. Forty-three (43) bloggers as of April 2019 have contributed blog content to date. WPS affords students the opportunity to learn and practice skills that are valuable for public service, such as: strategic planning, budgeting, human resource functions, research, grant writing, and gender competency. Since the 2013 academic year, eighteen students have served as WPS graduate assistants and interns to aid in fulfilling the WPS mission and accomplishing the organizational goals. In 2018, WPS received the inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award to work with undergraduate students on a research project exploring how municipalities are addressing gender equity. WPS will continue to foster a sustainable consortium of students, faculty, public service practitioners, and community members through future events and projects that share experiences, information, and resources.