About WPS

About WPS

WPS Meeting




WPS Mission

The mission of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College is to raise awareness and provide opportunities to address gender issues in public service. Women in the Public Sector 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 Women in the Public Sector 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


Women in Public Sector (WPS) at John Jay College began in the Fall of 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.  To address this need, they created an ongoing Women in Public Service Workshop Series. This Workshop Series was the first step in a concerted effort at John Jay College to make women in public service a scholarly and practitioner focus, and consists of a host of workshop styles that encourage the local community of students, faculty and staff to contribute to the ongoing conversation about what it means to be gender or cultural competent.


Since the initial launch of Women in the Public Sector Workshop series, WPS has held several community events including coffee hours, professional panelist discussion forums, and networking events with attendance rates reaching over a thousand supporters. Some scholarly events and academic conferences include guest appearances by NYC Department of Probation Commissioner Ms. Ana Bermudez, the honorable NYC Public advocate Ms. Leticia James, and honorable New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathleen Hochul. WPS events like this are critical to creating change  by sharing the central challenges that women face while working in the public sector, including pay and leadership inequality, discrimination, and gender, cultural, and institutional biases that contribute to the negative perceptions of women in the workplace. Opportunities to discuss these issues also present pathways of communication where solutions or recommendations are raised where if they are effective can influence current or future policies in the workplace and beyond.


Women in the Public Sector continues to highlight and generate opportunities to address gender competency as well as the social or cultural barriers in learning about gender or cultural competency within higher education by engaging local students and faculty in the ongoing conversation and building upon their experiences by integrating community feedback into student services or academic curriculum offered at John Jay College.