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Jun 15, 2020

Hosts Lorelle Espinosa and Jon Fansmith discuss the response to the murder of George Floyd while exploring how colleges and universities can encourage racial healing. Also, Senior Policy Advisor for the Department of Education Sharon Leu and ACE’s Chief Learning and Innovation Officer Louis Soares talk about the potential applications of blockchain in higher education and about ACE’s federally funded Education Blockchain Initiative.


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

From Intro:

Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education

Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Racial Violence and Injustice

ACE Research Report Explores Lessons Learned From University of Missouri Crisis

From Conversation With Sharon Leu and Louis Soares:

U.S. Department of Education Funds ACE Research on Blockchain in Education, Competition to Accelerate Adoption

“Connected Impact: Unlocking Education and Workforce Opportunity Through Blockchain”

How Blockchain Is Helping Dallas Students Tell Their Story
Forbes | Feb. 14, 2019

Blockchain Innovation Challenge

Introduction to Blockchains for Educators
Office of Education Technology YouTube

The Office of Educational Technology (OET)


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.