ASPA is proud to host a robust e-learning program including three series of webinars: BookTalks, KeepingCurrent events and Students and New Professionals topics. This list is refreshed constantly as new events are added to our calendar. Please contact us if you have any questions about our upcoming discussions or would like to join us to host an event.

KeepingCurrent: Exploring COVID-19 Inequities Among Black and Latinx Populations in the US: Critical Race Theory Perspectives

September 30 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Sponsored by ASPA's Pandemic Taskforce

Black and Latinx populations across the United States have been burdened disproportionately by the COVID-19 pandemic. These groups experience higher rates of hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19. This panel will bring together public administration, public health and ethnic studies experts to examine the seemingly entrenched nature of disparate health outcomes. Panelists will discuss the necessity of using critical race theory in exploring disparate outcomes associated with COVID-19 and other social and health concerns.

Julia Curry, Professor, Chicana and Chicano Studies, San Jose State University
Elsa Jiminez, Professor, University of California—Monterey Bay
Jason Rivera, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, SUNY Buffalo State
James Wright, II, Assistant Professor, Askew School of Public Administration and Public Policy, Florida State University


BookTalk: Recovery: How We Can Create a Better, Brighter Future After a Crisis

October 14 | 4:00 p.m. ET

In crisis lies opportunity. Let’s build back better.

Humanity has recovered from many crises in the past: war, depression, pandemic, natural disaster. Often, we’ve bounced back to create a better future. The Spanish flu was followed by the economic prosperity of the Roaring Twenties. After World War II, the German economy grew to become the world’s most advanced. US social and economic policies responding to the Great Depression paved the way for twentieth-century prosperity.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, what can we learn from other recoveries? Through interviews with experts, policymakers and community leaders, Andrew Wear examines past recoveries, exploring what went well, what we should do differently and what the lessons might be for the recovery ahead of us.

With governments prepared to lead, listen to experts and involve communities in decision-making, not only is a successful recovery possible – we can also choose to reconsider things we thought were fixed. We have an opportunity to create a better future, so let’s use it.

Andrew Wear, Author


Crafting a Compelling Resume

December 2021; exact date/time TBD

There are different perspectives on resumes—what should be on them, what should not, how long they should be, what they should cover. The advice you get depends on whom you ask. What cannot be disputed is the importance of your resume; it is your first opportunity to stand out and let employers know that you are the person for the job.

In this Students and New Professionals Series webinar, ASPA Executive Director Bill Shields will draw on his 20 years of experience helping students craft effective resumés and guide you through the process of creating compelling ones—a resume that will introduce you to a potential employer, sell your skills to that employer and get you to the next step of the hiring process.  

The webinar will cover the do’s and don’ts of crafting your professional resumé and ways to leverage it to advance your career—and allow for plenty of audience Q&A time.

Bill Shields, Executive Director, ASPA and Adjunct Professor, American University
Kayla Schwoerer, Doctoral Student, Rutgers University—Newark and ASPA Student Representative