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: Optimizing 911 and Using Its Data to Enhance and Evaluate First Responder Services

September 22 | 1:00 p.m. ET
Sponsored by ASPA's Center for Accountability and Performance

911 calls for service represent the beginnings of and define virtually every criminal justice and emergency services encounter. Yet this critical area is by far one of the most neglected and least understood. Developing a foundational understanding of these data, and their accompanying opportunities and gaps, will inform a research and programmatic agenda to help elevate equitable crisis response and lay the groundwork to develop, implement and evaluate a larger body of alternatives to police response. The University of Chicago Health Lab will share efforts they are leading to address this.

RTI, an independent, nonprofit research institute that is dedicated to improving the human condition by addressing the world’s most critical problems using data-driven, science-based solutions, and a cohort of cities throughout North and South Carolina are taking part in a study that will help understand and improve the responses to 911 calls for service. The study is analyzing 911 first responder calls for service to determine if there are any calls that law enforcement agencies are currently responding to that may be better addressed by another entity. It also is examining how the calls are being handled and their outcomes to better understand and improve the responses to these calls. Holistically, there are three primary goals of the project: analyze calls for service data; identify alternative response interventions that fit community needs and align with available city resources; and implementation and rapid evaluation of alternative response interventions. RTI and the City of Greensboro will share about the cohort of cities and Greensboro’s work in this area.

Brian Aagaard, Research Analyst, RTI Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science
S. Rebecca Neusteter, Executive Director, University of Chicago Health Lab


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


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