On April 20, the Muskie Student Organization (MSO) hosted a forum and question & answer session with four candidates for the open US Senate seat in Maine.
This fully student-led forum was originally envisioned as a large, in-person event. However, when restrictions were placed on gatherings, the students quickly changed gears. Their flexibility and quick-thinking allowed this event to continue on as scheduled. The forum was ultimately held via a Zoom webinar and was viewed by over 100 people.
Master of Public Health student and MSO chairperson, Jeremy Zuckero took the lead in planning a lot of the logistics for this event. On switching from an in-person to an online event, Jeremy remarked “In spite of having to completely change our approach only a few weeks before the event was to take place, I think this was a highly successful event that showcased what the Muskie Student Organization is all about, fully in keeping with the mission of the Muskie School of Public Service and Ed Muskie's vision.”
Tamara Hunt, a student in the Master's of Policy, Planning, and Management program moderated the forum. Tamara reflected on the experience that "[t]he candidates provided a very well informed, policy driven discussion that not only further educated our audience, but also provided a glimmer of hope during a dark time in our history. It was an honor to provide the space and context for this necessary dialogue. And as public policy students, we are very appreciative of all the candidates who participated and for their commitment to serve in the best interests of our community."
The webinar was recorded, and is available for viewing via YouTube.