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Sep 17, 2020

dotEDU returns for a second season with Jon Fansmith, Sarah Spreitzer, and ACE’s newest co-host, Mushtaq Gunja. They discuss the state of higher ed policymaking, or the lack of it, as legislators gear up for the election. Later, Sarah and Jon are joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, filmmaker, and immigration rights activist, Jose Antonio Vargas to discuss the prospects of DACA in the U.S., immigration policy in general, and what colleges and universities can do to help these students who are living in limbo.

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

From the Introduction:

Remember the Dreamers

From Conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas:

About: Jose Antonio Vargas

Immigrants Rising

Golden Door Scholars


Each episode of dotEDU presents a deep dive into a major public policy 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.


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

Mushtaq Gunja serves as vice president and chief of staff at ACE, where he is in charge of strategic initiatives, communications, and membership.

Sarah Spreitzer is a director of government relations at ACE. She represents ACE and its members on matters related to research policy and funding, federal policy, international students, immigration, and legislative issues.