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CLEVELAND MAYORAL ELECTION – THE DAY AFTER
Chris Quinn (LC 2015), Editor | Vice-President of Content, cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer | Advance Ohio
Chris touched on the endorsements and the campaign tactics that let to Bibb’s landslide victory. He also touched on what he sees happening with the new administration, what the passing of Issue 24 means, the school board races and results, the upcoming City Council President opening, and more.
THE SCHOOLS AND THE PANDEMIC: YEAR 3
Eric Gordon (LC 2013), CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Eric shared the struggles and needs of the district as they operate fully in-person as the pandemic continues. He also shared some bright spots and successes, as well as new and upcoming opportunities for the students and families.
NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER TECHNOLOGIES
Dr. Marla Pérez-Davis, Director, NASA Glenn Research Center
Dr. Pérez-Davis discussed the focus and work at NASA Glenn. She shared some of the technologies they are developing and their purpose, as well as her vision for the center in the coming years.
A RACE AGAINST DEATH – COVID VACCINE DEVELOPMENT
Olubukola (Olu) Abiona, MD-Ph.D. candidate, Case Western Reserve University
Olu discussed the process of the vaccine development, the science behind it, why the vaccine works, and common myths and misconceptions.
EMPOWERING THE LATINO COMMUNITY
Selina Pagan, Executive Director, Young Latino Network
Selina talked about the organization’s evolution from a volunteer-led young professionals group to a full-fledged social impact nonprofit and her transition from Board President to Executive Director. She shared the work they are currently doing and her vision for the short- and long-term future as they continue to build the organization.
SEEKING REFUGE IN CLEVELAND
Patrick Kearns, Executive Director, Refugee Response
Patrick shared the plight of Afghani refugees, and discussed the increased challenges due to the precipitous fall of Afghanistan and the lack of resources to handle an influx of refugees of this quantity, particularly the limited housing market. He shared how Refugee Response is helping newcomers from across the globe get a new start on life.