COVID-19 Impacts and Responses
In the following report, two MPA students—Cristiane Borges Quadros and Marlene Falcon—analyzed the COVID-19 response in China, Italy, Spain, and the United States. Theresa Gayle wrote an introduction to Federalism and created a timeline of state responses to provide context for her classmates reports on several key localities including Washington, California, New York, Texas, and Florida—written by MPA students John Garcia, Luisa Salazar, and Adriana Jimenez. Monica Tryon wrote a comparative analysis of the COVID-19 response in two or the largest U.S. cities, Los Angeles, California and Chicago, Illinois, and New Orleans, Louisiana—one of the hardest hit in the early days of the pandemic in the United States. Sandra Sanchez and Renee Kozak provided an analysis of the COVID-19 response in six major Texas cities—Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and, Corpus Christi, the city in which our university is located. Several students contributed questions to a survey: The Educational Impacts of COVID-19 in the United States. Samantha Miller reported on some of the higher education institutional responses to COVID-19 and the impacts on students. Ariana Rodriguez provided an analysis on the COVID-19 educational impacts on communities of color. René Hinojosa analyzed both higher education and K-12 access to technology and training prior to and during the COVID-19 institutional responses. Paula Szczepanek reported on the impacts of K-12 schools closing in reaction to the pandemic. John Garcia analyzed the challenges associated with the changes in instruction for K-12 students during this time and Cristiane Borges Quadros reported on the general perceptions of risk and the federal government response to COVID-19.