Important Information Regarding the 2020 Exchange and COVID-19

After lots of thinking and alignment with the Ashoka U team, Ashoka leadership, and the University of St. Thomas, we have made the decision to make the 2020 Exchange completely virtual. 

This decision was not made quickly nor lightly, and we have considered the implications this will have on our attendees, our speakers, our partners, our team, and the local Minneapolis community. We have heard many of your concerns and understand that many colleges, universities, and organizations across the country and world are taking important measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, including restricting travel. We respect these precautionary measures and ultimately the health and safety of our community was the determining factor in this difficult decision.

Below, we offer more information about the 2020 Virtual Exchange:

  • The virtual Exchange will take place on April 16th and 17th, optimized for time zones of speakers and attendees where possible.
  • Cost to participate is $349.
  • Two plenary sessions and 45+ Exchange sessions will presented as webinars. Preview the agenda here.
  • All participants will have access to video recordings of all sessions after the Exchange
  • Slack channel(s) made available to connect with other attendees (available before, during and after the conference)
  • Exclusive access to an attendee list with contact information to facilitate connections
  • Participants invited to join a facilitated Peer Huddle, offering small-group discussions to help attendees navigate learning goals, challenges on campus, and share insights on Exchange content

We’re excited by what a virtual Exchange can offer with regards to increased accessibility and inclusion for those who would not have been able to join us in Minneapolis.

We appreciate your participation. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Beeta, Exchange Director, at

Last Updated: March 17th, 2020 at 1:20pm