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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 began in Fall 2013 when co-founders, 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 of twenty-three events to date with over 1,725 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 the 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, the 2016 WPS Professional Development Workshop with Civil Rights Attorney, Melissa Brand, and the 2015 Discussion with New York City Public Advocate Letitia James.  In addition to these educational events, WPS has also conducted research on gender competency to explore how it can impact the MPA curriculum and help students and public servants understand the important role it plays in public administration. This gender competency work has been presented at four national conferences, including: 2018 NASPAA National Conference in Atlanta, GA, 2018 ASPA National Conference in Denver, Colorado, and 2017  NeCopa Annual Conference in Burlington, Vermont, NASPAA conference receptions 2017 NASPAA National Conference in Washington, DC, and networking events have been held in partnership with Academic Women in Public Administration and Section on Women in Public Administration (ASPA conferences) as well as several informal coffee hours. 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.