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Jun 29, 2020

Hosts Jon Fansmith and Lorelle Espinosa discuss two recent Supreme Court decisions: one that protects individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, and another that protects the civil rights of LGBTQ workers, both of which will impact colleges and universities and students. They are later joined by Lori White, incoming president of DePauw University, who talks about taking on a new job during the pandemic; the need to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion this fall; and what it means to be a Black woman leading a major university.


Here are some of the links and references from this week’s show:

From Intro:

Supreme Court Blocks Trump Administration From Ending DACA

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia Supreme Court Decision on LGBTQ Discrimination

Contact Congress About DACA Through the Remember the Dreamers Website

From Conversation with Lori White

DEI and COVID-19: Implications and Strategies for Institutional Response
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Each episode of dotEDU presents a deep dive into a major issue impacting college campuses and students across the country. Hosts from ACE are joined by guest experts to lead you through thought-provoking conversations on topics such as campus free speech, diversity in admissions, college costs and affordability, and more. Find all episodes of the podcast at the dotEDU page.

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Lorelle Espinosa is the vice president for research at ACE. In this role, she is responsible for developing the organization’s thought leadership and research agenda and for ensuring a consistent evidence base across ACE’s array of programs and services.

Jon Fansmith is a director for government relations at ACE. He represents its members on matters related to the federal budget and appropriations process, with a particular focus on student aid.