April 2020
In late April, McCourt’s Georgetown Institute for Politics and Public Service (GU Politics) hosted Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez and Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel for individual discussions on issues related to campaigning during the COVID-19 crisis . Following each interview, moderated by GU Politics director Mo Elleithee, the speakers took questions from students and members of the Georgetown community.
Drawing upon lessons from his long career as a private and public sector leader, US Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) shared his perspective on how to navigate the pandemic and move the economy forward at a virtual event hosted by GU Politics. His concluding advice to students and the audience: “Do your very best in the profession you have chosen and be a fundamentally good human being.”
Georgetown professors Lisa Singh, Shweta Bansal, and Leticia Bode were part of the team that examined COVID-19-related social media posts on Twitter to identify discussion themes and the volume of misinformation. The team, based in the McCourt School's Massive Data Institute , found that sharing of credible health information on Twitter about COVID-19 is roughly keeping pace with sharing of misinformation.
In early April of 2020, Policy Director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, Tazra Mitchell, and Director of Policy at the DC Policy Center, Kathryn Zickuhr, joined Policy Innovation Lab members in a video conference to discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in Washington, DC. In particular, the speakers explored how federal and local policy responses to the pandemic would affect marginalized communities.