The 2020-2021 COMPAS Program on COVID-19 presents "COVID in the Community".
The COVID-19 pandemic placed enormous burdens on individuals and communities – especially vulnerable communities – in central Ohio. Join us for a conversation about how public officials and volunteers have worked together over the past year to respond to those challenges.
David Brown (Creative Director, Harmony Project)
David Brown has an established reputation for creating collaborative, groundbreaking events that positively impact organizations and communities. Since 2009, he has grown the Harmony Project into a national model redefining diversity and inclusion through musical arts, innovative outreach programs in schools, shelters, and prisons, and community impact experiences that inspire thousands of hours of volunteer service each year. He has shared the stage with Grammy award, Tony award, and Academy award-winning artists, and his work has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, and The Kelly Clarkson Show, O Magazine and Columbus Monthly. David was most recently featured as a guest presenter for the internationally-acclaimed Nantucket Project. He has received the Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking, the Columbus Foundation’s Spirit of Columbus Award, and the Spirituality Network’s Living Faith Award.
William Murdock (Executive Director, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission)
William Murdock serves as executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). MORPC is Central Ohio’s regional council for local governments, and provides services, funding, tools, and resources to 75 member communities. As Executive Director, he oversees innovative planning, services, and policies in transportation, planning, housing, land use, sustainability, and data. Working with a board of over 140 local leaders and more than 20 community committees, he has reorganized MORPC to sharpen its focus on collaborative partnerships, proactive planning, and local government services. He is responsible for the development of MORPC’s long-range transportation plan, and spearheaded major regional future scenarios efforts such as insight2050, the Smart Region Task Force and the Midwest Connect Hyperloop effort. Murdock also directed the creation of Central Ohio’s first regional sustainability and data agendas and strengthened MORPC’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. He prioritizes efforts to build inclusion and diversity into regional work and to provide opportunities for young people to enter public service.
Moderator: Wendy Smooth (Associate Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences, OSU)
Registration and Accessibility
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