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The impacts of a year of COVID on children of all ages has yet to be fully understood. Some children transitioned to on line learning and little social interaction with few issues, and others faced huge challenges. What do we know about where our children stand today after so many social norms and safety nets disappeared? Join our panel to find out.

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Our panel will discuss how to tackle the multiple challenges identified in the the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s new Regional Housing Strategy report, and who is playing a part in working to solve this complicated issue in our community.

Millions of women were already supporting themselves and their families on meager wages before coronavirus-mitigation lockdowns sent unemployment rates skyrocketing and millions of jobs disappeared. Working mothers were already shouldering the majority of family caregiving responsibilities in the face of a childcare system that is wholly inadequate for a society in which most parents work outside the home. Of course, the disruptions to daycare centers, schools, and afterschool programs have been hard on working fathers, but evidence shows working mothers have taken on more of the resulting childcare responsibilities and are more frequently reducing their hours or leaving their jobs entirely in response. Our panel will discuss how this situation is playing out in our community and what is being done to support the women who are faced with these challenges.

In the second part of the digital divide conversation, our panel discusses the impact on urban areas, Governor Dewine’s BroadbandOhio office, and what others are doing to overcome the hurdles and link those most in need to reliable internet service.

News regarding vaccines seems to change everyday: new vaccines coming online from more sources, new age groups and professions approved for appointments, new reports about our neighbors who are wary of getting a shot, and updates about variants of the virus. Our panel will discuss these topics surrounding the conversation about COVID vaccines.

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Columbus and the surrounding suburbs have a diverse population. According to worldpopulationreview.com, “The most common ancestry groups in Columbus are German (19.4%), Irish (11.7%), English (7.9%), Polish (7.2%), and Italian (5.0%). While European immigration to Columbus has declined, the metropolitan area has seen great increases in African, Latin American and Asian immigration, particularly from China, Mexico, India, and Somalia. The city has a diverse Asian population, although the Hispanic community is mostly Mexican with a sizable Puerto Rican population. About 116,000 people in Columbus are foreign-born, which accounts for about 82% of new residents. 40% came from Asia, 23% from Africa, 22% from Latin America and 13% immigrated from Europe.” 

Dr. Kristina M. Johnson was named the 16th President of Ohio State University on June 3rd. Only the second female to claim the role, she assumed office amid a pandemic and a decision by the Big Ten to cancel its football season.

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Ohio Citizens for the Arts motto, “Make Art. Not COVID” is a powerful message of hope. COVID has been a devastating blow to Columbus’ thriving creative center. Our panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities the changing landscape has presented the arts community.

CMC returns to our Racism: Where Do We Go From Here? series. Our panel will discuss how the inequities in healthcare, education, housing and safety, too often made clear in our community during the past year, can be addressed through better listening, learning, and engaging, in hopes that we may play a role on the right side of history and all people can expect and receive equity in our city.

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The inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden proved to be a historic day amid months of history-making challenges for our country. Our panel offers their impressions, take-aways and predictions regarding the new president and the message he delivered to us.

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Our panel will discuss what is being done today to speed the connection of rural communities to internet access, which is so important for today’s students and their families working from home.

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Hear what the year ahead looks like for Columbus’ economy in this discussion featuring Bill Lafayette, Ph.D., Founder & Owner, Regionomics, LLC, Tom Jalics, Chief Market Strategist and Senior Vice President, Fifth Third Bank, Mark Williams, Business Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch, and host, Doug Buchanan, Editor in Chief, Columbus Business First.

Ellen Mosley-Thompson and Lonnie Thompson, world-renowned climate researchers – a wife-husband team – go to extremes to collect ice cores from some of the world’s most remote and challenging landscapes.

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The WHO’s Urban Green Spaces, a Brief for Action, states that urban green space is a component of green infrastructure.