Ideas for a More Equitable Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic
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The Challenge: Engaging Future Change Leaders in Policy
We know COVID-19 affected populations inequitably, hitting vulnerable communities especially hard. We also know that young people—given the right tools and knowledge—change the world for the better.
That’s why RAND Corporation, through its NextGen Initiative, and Pardee RAND Graduate School are partnering with the Atlanta University Center (AUC) Consortium—Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College—to offer the RAND–AUC Consortium Tech and Public Policy Hackathon.
This unique virtual hackathon, designed by the Pardee RAND Tech + Narrative Lab, teams AUC undergraduates with Pardee RAND graduate students and challenges them to identify promising policy solutions for a more equitable recovery from the pandemic.
How Is This Hackathon Different?
Hackathons are designed to bring teams together to solve problems.
This hackathon, by connecting emerging leaders of color with experienced policy analysts and doctoral candidates, allows for a wide range of fresh insights and creative explorations, while deepening undergraduate students’ understanding of policy. The program follows in the footsteps of the Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program, which aims to build diversity in the field of public policy.
Mentored by RAND researchers, the undergraduate and graduate students will use large datasets to identify social issues and explore promising policy solutions for a more equitable recovery from the pandemic. In mid-November, the teams will share their final presentations, and a panel of judges will select one team’s presentation as the winner. Undergraduates from the winning team will be treated to a hosted lunch and included in a recap video shared on social media.
Approximately two dozen AUC students will participate, representing a wide range of interests and goals. Their majors include political science, engineering, cybersecurity, sociology, and more. Their aspirations include a variety of careers, including criminal defense attorney, AI developer, public health physician, cultural anthropologist, and climate change engineer.
They will be joined by doctoral candidates in the policy analysis program at Pardee RAND who come from a variety of disciplines. Pardee RAND Ph.D students pursue research across a wide range of policy issues, including health policy, education, environmental equity, technological equity, and more.
Chief Strategy Officer, Black Women’s Health Imperative
Head of School, Phillips Academy, Andover; Trustee, RAND Corporation; Board of Governors, Pardee RAND
Data Analyst, Digital Threats to Democracy, The Carter Center
Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Alumna, Spelman College
Senior Policy Researcher, RAND; Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Advisor, Pardee RAND
Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Information Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Operations Researcher and Health Data Scientist
Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Professor of Sociology, Clark Atlanta University; Alumna, Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program
Assistant Dean, Admissions and Strategic Initiatives, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Senior Information Scientist; Professor and Tech + Narrative Lab Co-Director, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Director, Pardee RAND Tech + Narrative Lab