NEW YORK, JANUARY 23, 2019 — Newark, NJ, Police Captain Ivonne Roman has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 20 change-makers from around the world to deliver a talk on the TED stage this April in Vancouver. Roman was selected for her work to improve the recruitment and retention of women in policing through the use of evidence-based practice and mentoring.
Roman says, “Women make up just 12% of police officers in the United States, yet research since the 1970s shows that women are invaluable to police departments and communities. Countries like Canada, Australia, and the UK have significantly higher rates of police women and New Zealand is seeking gender parity by 2021; we can and must do better.”
Roman explains, “By far, the biggest barrier to increasing representation of women in policing, is arbitrary fitness standards that vary from state to state. Research evidence informs our work, which shows women can achieve police required fitness levels, when the training design is grounded in the science of physiology. The US Marshalls, FBI, DEA, ATF and the United States military fitness programs are designed to test fitness without causing disparate outcomes based on gender. However, there is no uniformity among the 18,000 police agencies in the United States, contributing to low levels of women in policing and limiting the pool of qualified applicants. The Women’s Leadership Academy is working to address gender disparities in recruitment and retention of women in police academies through advocacy and mentoring of women preparing for careers in law enforcement, filling a gap that currently exists in the police recruitment efforts.”
“We are thrilled to announce the newest class of TED Fellows, who give voice to some of the most exciting ideas we’ve seen in the program’s 10-year history,” said TED Fellows Director Shoham Arad. “This year’s class includes a police captain designing systems to support women in policing, a space environmentalist building technology to monitor space debris, and an artist exploring the ethical implications of emerging technology. The Fellows program is committed to using its resources and platform to help scale Fellows’ ideas and impact, and we are so excited to have these Fellows become an integral part of our global community.”
Founded in 2009, the TED Fellows program has 472 Fellows from 96 countries, whose talks have been viewed more than 250 million times overall. In its ten-year history, the TED Fellows program has created a powerful, far-reaching network made up of scientists, doctors, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, inventors, journalists and beyond.
As a TED Fellow, Captain Ivonne Roman joins a community that includes Perry Chen, the artist who co-founded Kickstarter; Amanda Nguyen, the activist whose organization RISE helped write the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights, which passed unanimously through US Congress; and Essam Daod, the psychiatrist who founded Humanity Crew to provide psychological aid to refugees.
The TED Fellows has also yielded a wide variety of collaborative projects, including PEEK, the social enterprise that recently raised a $1 billion fund to eradicate preventable blindness in the developing world; BRCK, the technology company that builds mobile WiFi routers that can work anywhere, even in the harshest conditions; and Fine Acts, the international collective bringing together artists and activists to instigate social change.
Applications for the 2020 TED Fellows class will be open later this year. Interested applicants should visit the TED Fellows program website for information and updates about the fellowship: http://www.ted.com/participate/ted-fellows-program/apply-to-be-a-ted-fellow.
The Women’s Leadership Academy was established within the Newark Police Superior Officers Association by its President, Captain John Chrystal, in response to high female attrition rates in Newark Police academy classes. The project is funded by the Open Society Foundation, Implementing the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing program.
About the TED Fellows program
The TED Fellows program brings together young innovators from around the world and across disciplines, who display both outstanding achievement and exemplary character, to raise international awareness of their work and maximize their impact. The program offers Fellows full participation in a TED or TEDGlobal Conference, a two-day pre-conference of workshops and activities, a Fellows Retreat, ongoing professional coaching and mentoring, dedicated PR coachingand active participation in the TED community, including the global TED Fellows network.