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Inclusion in Public Sector Workplaces

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Disabled in the Workplace: Designing Work for Access and Inclusion

by Kayla Schwoerer: Whether navigating a new work environment at home or developing a greater reliance on technology to meet, manage, and coordinate work-related tasks and responsibilities, the COVID-19 pandemic forced many people to adapt to new ways of working. But, for many of the 10.9 million workers in the U.S. with a disability, working…

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Inclusion: Intent or Impact?

by Dr. Schnequa N. Diggs: Greater attention and resources are intentionally directed to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in the United States. Just recently, I had the opportunity to service on a faculty search community and this experience led me to question whether people genuinely understand what constitutes “meaningful” inclusion in public sector…

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and MPA Education: Student PerspectiveSelects on Public Service Values and Public Service Motivation

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Closing thoughts on the COVID-19 Pandemic and MPA Education

by Dr. Shilpa Viswanath: WPS at John Jay College initiated this blog series on the COVID-19 pandemic and MPA education at the beginning of the fall semester – allowing for MPA students from across the United States to reflect on how their classroom education in public administration, public policy and public affairs gave them a…

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The Power and Pursuits of Graduate Student Leadership During the Pandemic

by Evana Alam: Public service motivation empowered me to seek MPA education at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Further, the public service values of accountability, inclusion, integrity, and justice in society and governance, aligned with my personal views. The COVID-19 pandemic changed many people’s lives and it is up to MPA students like me…

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Equitable Conferencing: Caregivers Perspectives and Prospects

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Closing Thoughts on Equitable Conferencing

by Jamie Levine Daniel and Shilpa Viswanath: We initiated the “Equitable Conferencing: Caregivers Perspectives and Prospects” blog series in February 2020, just before COVID-19 drastically impacted academic conferencing, and most other aspects of academia, for that matter. Since the Spring 2020 semester, conferences were put on hold, canceled, or conducted online as we navigate a…

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Working Towards a Family Friendly Conference Culture

by Michael R. Ford: Several years ago I attended an academic conference in Florida.  It was a Friday to Monday conference and I presented on a Sunday. I flew down Saturday, presented Sunday, and flew home. It was a typical conference experience for me as a junior tenure-track scholar trying to build a record. In…

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Implications of the #MeToo Movement for Academia

Closing Thoughts on the Implications of the #MeToo Movement for Academia

by Dr. Nicole M. Elias and Dr. Maria J. D’Agostino: In January 2019 we invited public administration scholars to contribute to our spring blog series, Implications of the #MeToo Movement for Academia. We asked bloggers to respond to the following questions: What does #MeToo mean for the world of higher education? What are the issues,…

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What’s Next: After the accusal, we still need reconciliation

by Dr. Roddrick Colvin It is March 24, 2025, and  Professor Smith has just received her reconciliation notification as she hurries to teach her public administration class at Big State University. Although she expected the notification to arrive this day, it nonetheless caught her off guard. It wasn’t the first time she received a notification, nor…

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Events & Conferences

Student Responses to the 2019 ASPA Conference

Five students from John Jay College’s MPA program participated in the 2019 ASPA Conference. The ASPA Conference took place in Washington, DC from Friday, March 8, 2019 to Tuesday, March 12, 2019. This academic conference provided opportunities to present research, participate in panels and workshops, and engage with colleagues in networking events. Below are reflections…

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Student Responses to the 2018 NECoPA Conference

Six students from John Jay College’s MPA program participated in the 2018 Northeastern Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA). The NECoPA Conference took place in Baltimore, Maryland from Friday, November 2, 2018 – Sunday, November 4, 2018. This academic conference provided opportunities to present research, participate in panels and workshops, and engage with colleagues in networking events. Below…

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Big Questions Surrounding Gender Equity

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Progress on Gender Equity in the Academy, but More Work Remains.

by Heath Brown: The recent summary by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) of research by the Council of Graduate Schools shows great hope for gender equity in the academy. For eight straight years, women earned more graduate degrees than men in the United States. Women earned 52% of the doctorates and 57% of masters degrees.…

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Miscellaneous

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Student Perspectives on Gender in Public Workplaces and Gender Advocacy

Five students from a faculty-mentored research course, PAD 385: Sex and Gender in the Public Sector, at John Jay College conducted original qualitative research and presented their work at the 2019 Northeastern Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA). Nina Durand, Denissa Estevez De Leon, Karina Gopeesingh, Nicholas Hutchinson, and Mariana Silfa explored topics ranging from breastfeeding…

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Deborah Koetzle: Above and Beyond, Thirty Remarkable Women.

Women in the Public Sector (WPS),  would like to congratulate Dr. Deborah Koetzle, Executive Officer of the Doctoral Program, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, for being honored in the ‘Above and Beyond List’, which places a spotlight on thirty remarkable women in education, health, labor, law/lobbying, government, and real estate. Please see her…

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