January 31, 2019

The NYU Department of Public Safety (DPS) kicked off its Women in Public Safety initiative with a presentation, question and answer session and networking event with guest speaker NYPD Assistant Chief Kim Y. Royster on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

If you want to move forward, you have to come out of your comfort zone, said Royster, while reviewing her 34 years of experience with the NYPD, where she is now second-in-command of more than 5,000 employees at the Community Affairs Bureau. You, and your colleagues, won’t know how good you are unless you’re put in a position to use your skills and talents, she said.

The Community Affairs Bureau plays a critical role in the NYPD’s refocused approach to achieving and sustaining gains against crime by strengthening community relationships and trust as well as educating them on police policies.

Royster also spoke directly to the more than 30 NYU community members in attendance about the importance of diversity and inclusion.

As you navigate your careers, don’t apologize for being a woman, and don’t apologize for being diverse, said Royster.

Sponsored by DPS and its Vice President, Global Campus Safety Marlon Lynch, the Women in Public Safety (WiPS) initiative seeks to provide an environment that encourages growth, wellness, professional development and success for women across public safety disciplines at NYU through education, volunteering, information sharing, and networking opportunities.

As DPS continues to grow, we are seeing a more diverse set of individuals making up our uniformed and administrative ranks, including an increase in the number of women employees, said Lynch. We are committed to continuing the effort to enhance our diversity and finding new ways to attract, develop and advance women in public safety and leadership roles. It’s important that we support these types of initiatives and are inclusive in our programs and actions, he said.

At DPS, 87 employees (22 percent) are women, which is above the national average for public safety and law enforcement, according to a workforce industry comparison. DPS also ranks among the leaders in its higher education peer group with women holding 36 percent of leadership positions.

WiPS co-chair and DPS Associate Vice President, Planning, Policy and Engagement Natalie Hidalgo shared her excitement about beginning the initiative.

Women in Public Safety gives people in the Department the opportunity to share, learn, empower, and contribute to something that moves everyone forward, said Hidalgo, who was also instrumental in creating the Women in Information Technology initiative at NYU. The response has been inspiring, said Hidalgo.

If you’d like to learn more about the WiPS initiative at DPS, or would like to get more involved, please email the WiPS Steering Committee at WiPS-steering@nyu.edu.