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This digital experience will include a number of live events, including student-based webinars featuring our Founders' Fellows research and presidential panel topics.
Access details and a webinar registration link will be provided to digital experience registrants closer to the time of each event.

Reflecting on the Challenges and Scope of Public Administration
Date: Tuesday, June 16
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Public administration is a sprawling, vast, global profession, supported by millions of students, scholars and practitioners. But how should the profession be defined? What is its scope and scale? This panel looks at challenges and paradoxes that exist in modern public administration, approaching these difficult topics with a desire to learn from them, understand them and ultimately serve the public good.
Jessica Eggleston, University of Louisville
Jose Sanchez, University of Illinois—Chicago
Yifei Yan, London School of Economics

The Promise of Representative Bureaucracy in Government
Date: Wednesday, June 17
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Representation matters. The need for diverse viewpoints and perspectives should be at the core of what we do as public servants. It should inform our decisions, educate our policies and guide our leaders. But how, exactly, should public servants address the need for diversity in their governments and communities? This panel takes a look at ways to incorporate different viewpoints and work toward a more diverse discipline.
Michael Bednarczuk, Grace College
Huafang Li, Grand Valley State University
Evelyn Trammell, Florida International University
Julio Zambrano, Indiana University—Bloomington

Access to the Ballot Box: A Vision of American Democracy at its Best
Date: Thursday, June 18
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

This year marks the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing (white) women the right to vote. It was a momentous year, and the beginning of breaking down barriers that since have enabled future populations to vote and be heard. But we all know U.S. democracy isn’t perfect and there are many challenges that continue to block our citizens from the ballot box and their democratic rights. This panel will take a quick look at the 19th amendment and its journey since passage—including ASPA’s role in it!—and then look toward improvements still pending for suffrage, civic engagement and empowerment, including a look at current events.
Erik Bergrud, Associate Vice President for University Engagement, Park University
Thomas Hicks, Commissioner, U.S. Elections Assistance Commission
Kimberlee Ried, Independent Researcher/Historian

Transition from Cognition to Collective Action in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Date: Monday, June 22
Time: 10:00 a.m. EDT

Moving an entire society to collective action to reduce shared risk is an extraordinarily difficult task that historically has been seen only in times of war. Yet, there is dramatic evidence that this shift has occurred in response to the threat of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, as it spread rapidly across the globe in the early months of 2020. The virus spread at different rates in different countries and, in the United States - the country with the largest number of infected cases - at different rates in different states. Collective action to reduce risk at the societal level can only be achieved when citizens collectively understand the risk to the wider community and voluntarily accept limitations on their own actions to serve the shared goal. We seek to understand what factors contribute to collective cognition of risk, what factors inhibit it and what conditions and mechanisms translate shared understanding of risk into collective action to achieve a common goal: protecting public health while reducing economic costs.
Louis Comfort, Professor, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh
Naim Kapucu, Professor, University of Central Florida
Kilkon Ko, Professor, Seoul National University, South Korea
Aya Okada, Associate Professor, Tohoku University, Japan
Mary Lee Rhodes, Professor, Trinity College, Ireland
Haibo Zhang, Professor, Nanjing University, China

"Portrait of LA County"
Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

Can one report make a difference? This panel will explore the background behind and unfolding impact of ‟A Portrait of Los Angeles County” on public-private partnerships, government innovation and research-driven performance improvement. The Portrait, prepared for government, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector by the Social Science Research Council/Measure of America, offers a comprehensive index of how LA County residents are faring. Panelists will discuss how, in the service of advancing equitable and effective policymaking and program implementation, the Portrait has provided an accessible and useable roadmap to advancing inclusion, equity, and productivity, even simultaneously. Portrait data has been used to suggest improvements to both the built and social environments in communities categorized in the Portrait as "struggling" and "precarious"; to help address impediments to fair housing access; to expand equitable access to arts education and programs to address trauma through the performing arts; to improve opportunities for young people to successfully transition to employment; to target early childhood literacy programs to the highest-need neighborhoods; and to address regional inequities, among other initiatives.
Carrie Miller, Assistant Executive Director, Los Angeles County Office of Child Protection
Maritza Dubie, Human Services Administrator, County of Los Angeles, Workforce Develpoment, Aging & Community Services
Shawn Landres, Immediate Past Chair, Los Angeles County Quality and Productivity Commission
Kristen Lewis, Director and Co-Founder, Measure of America
Jennifer Price-Lescher, Director, Programs and Special Projects, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

Contemporary Issues in Public Administration
Date: Tuesday, June 23
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

Thousands of contemporary issues face public servants every day. When difficult choices need to be made—how to tackle climate change, address gun policy, resolve the middle-skills gap or create policies for smart cities, among others—public servants often take the lead. This panel takes a fresh look at contemporary issues that face our society and provides meaningful solutions for how to address them.
Christopher Tyler Burks, American University
Yolanda Crewe, Virginia Commonwealth University
Alan Kennedy, University of Colorado Denver
Paul Goodfellow, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
David Lehman, Louisiana State University

The 2020 Census: Counting Everyone
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

It’s no small job: Counting every body in the United States—no matter where they live, who they are or what services they use. In fact, for the purposes of the decennial census, those questions matter least. What matters is that they’re counted—federal funds, community equality, public health, safety and security all depend on it. So, how do you get it right? We’ll explore all of this and more, including a look at the census’s impact on public administration research. Join us for this fascinating panel looking at one of the most nitty-gritty public administration programs there is!
Toni Samuel, Retired, National League of Cities
Ditas Katague, Director, California Census
Olivia Snarksi, Local Democracy Initiative, Program Manager, Center for City Solutions, National League of Cities

The State of Social Equity in American Public Administration
Date: Wednesday, June 24
Time: 3:00 p.m. EDT

No matter the challenges you're solving, or the level of government, public servants must challenge their own biases, fight against structural issues such as racism and classism and, most important, make change happen. This panel examines the state of social equity in American public administration and places it in an important, tangible context.
Justine Cameron, University of Massachusetts
Josiah Gonzales, California Lutheran University/ACTICON, Inc.
Jasmine Greene, University of Baltimore
Alison Hewell, Tarleton University

Building Trust and Accountability in Public Administration
Date: Thursday, June 25
Time: 1:00 p.m. EDT

With trust of government institutions and elected officials at historic lows, something needs to change. The task of (re)building that trust in our institutions falls to civil servants, public administrators and front-line workers. Through case studies and analyses of accountability, this panel seeks to get to the bottom of what makes good government tick.
Michaela Abbot, College of Charleston
Maayan Davidovitz, University of Haifa
Md Fazle Rabbi, University of Texas at Dallas
Kelly Sherbo, Portland State University/Multnomah County Drainage District