Our longstanding tradition of holding an annual ASSA reception did not stop during the Pandemic. The JHU economics department successfully held the first virtual ASSA reception for around 30 alumni and faculties on January 2nd, 2021. Since the ASSA conference was held virtually due to the Pandemic this year, the department held the reception on the online platform called `Wonder’. The `Wonder’ platform mimics the real in-person reception by allowing participants to move around the virtual meeting room by moving their icons.
One alumni, who attended the virtual reception, mentioned after the reception that ‘It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and mentors.’