October 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am – October 24, 2017 @ 10:30 am
Temple University Mitten Hall
1913 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Alison Bowman

#RealCollege: A National Convening on College Food & Housing Insecurity

Philadelphia PA, October 23–24, 2017

Temple University Mitten Hall
1913 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

Lodging and travel information

Without sufficient food and a good night’s rest, undergraduates across the nation are struggling to learn. This national crisis demands action, and #RealCollege is a meeting of the leaders who accept that challenge and are working to transform higher education to meet the needs of every student.

The first #RealCollege convening took place in April 2016 in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Led by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, more than 150 policymakers, practitioners, advocates, faculty, students, and researchers working to secure undergraduates’ basic needs came together for the two-day event and together achieved the following goals:

  1. We created bridges between action-oriented programs to help coordinate their work and learn each other’s successes and failures.
  2. We connected policymakers to service providers and researchers whose experiences and knowledge can point the way toward an effective policy agenda.
  3. We identified current areas of knowledge and gaps in research.
  4. We connected researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to galvanize new data collection and research in this field.

The second #RealCollege will build on that success.

Join us to learn from leaders working to reduce food and housing insecurity, ending no-cause evictions, putting homeless student liaisons on all college campuses, offering rent-free housing, broadening student access to food stamps, and ensuring that every college makes effective and just use of its food resources. We will learn about strategies for effective lobbying and how best to work with college administrators to implement changes.  In day-long workshops, we will also dig deep into key topics like how to operate effective campus food pantries or craft supportive state policies.

Registration for the convening is listed at $150 and includes all sessions and meals during the two-day event (including the workshop on Day 2). A limited amount of scholarships are available to participants who are seeking a registration waiver or travel assistance to reach Philadelphia where the convening will be hosted. Participants who need financial assistance for registration or travel are encouraged to register by Friday, August 25th where they can formally indicate their need.

All questions about the convening can be directed to Wisconsin HOPE Lab Associate Director Alison Bowman at ambowman@wisc.edu or 608.890.3481.

Register now for #RealCollege. 


Workshop Descriptions

Promising Practices for Addressing Food Insecurity in Higher Education

Led by Clare Cady, Co-Founder of the College and University Food Bank Alliance
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Join practitioners, innovators, and organizational leaders in an interactive workshop focused on alleviating student food insecurity. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about promising practices and success strategies on the growth edge of this work in higher education. From campus pantries to food vouchers, SNAP enrollment to food recovery, this workshop offers real-time examples of programs operating on college campuses across the country. Participants will learn, engage, and teach together in a community of practice to end student hunger.

Shelter, Showers & Scholarships: Solving Housing Insecurity in Higher Education

Led by Barby Moro, Southern Scholarship Foundation
10:30 am – 4:15 pm

While a panacea for student housing insecurity may be elusive, a wide array of passionate individuals are creating new and innovative solutions across the country. In this workshop, policymakers, nonprofits, and higher education institutions will discuss how they tackle the issue. From state law to house sharing, short-term shelters to rent-free housing for the duration of earning a degree, participants with interact with change-makers sharing practical advice to bring back to communities around the country.

Crisis, Intersectionality, and Mobilizing Transformation: A Case Study on the University of California System’s Approach to Basic Needs Security

Led by Ruben E. Canedo and Tim Galarneau of the UC System Basic Needs Committee
10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Join us to engage in dialogue and learning around strategies to mobilize institutional transformation. This workshop will use the work done in the University of California’s system to address basic needs insecurities among students as a case study to highlight success strategies in action. We will share the latest data from the UC system, including the UC System Student Experience Surveys, as well as its preventative model, dyad exercises, areas of focused community learning, and sharing of materials. Participants—including students and faculty—will walk away from this session with tools and inspirations that will help them to engage in transformative change on their campuses or in their state systems. Trigger Warnings: corrections spending, defense spending, economy, government spending, harassment, homelessness, hunger, intersectional oppressions, malnourishment, mental health, poverty, prison industrial complex.

Leveraging Non-traditional Financial Aid Programs to Address Food & Housing Insecurity

Led by Nichole Davis, Single Stop USA, and Andy Howe, Independent Consultant
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

This workshop will focus on capacity-building and sustainability of non-traditional financial aid programs, e.g., emergency grants, completion grants, public benefits and tax credits, as well as helping students meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Participants will apply a planning model of effective collaboration, assessment, and evaluation to a financial aid program of their choosing. A panel of experts, leaders, and practitioners will discuss how they use aspects of this model to build capacity and sustain their programs. The panelists will also assist participants with developing their own aid or success program.

Addressing Postsecondary Student Basic Needs Security: Existing Policies and Future Opportunities for Change

Led by Amy Ellen Duke-Benfeld of the Center for Law and Social Policy 
10:30 am – 4:30 pm

In this workshop participants will hear from experts about state and federal policies to address student basic needs that can help support postsecondary student success. Participants will learn about the nuances of relevant state and federal public benefits and postsecondary policies that can help address food and housing insecurity. Practitioners and advocates will describe their own experiences shaping and implementing policies that can support students, highlighting where they encountered success and failure and providing examples of model policies others can work to bring to their own context. Participants in the session will engage in an interactive workshop, walking away with a list of potential opportunities and practical solutions to supporting students, while also helping to surface areas that are ripe for additional analysis and future action.

A National Research Conference on Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education

Led by Sara Goldrick-Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy, Temple University
10:30 am – 5:30 pm

This multi-disciplinary mini-conference for researchers studying food and housing insecurity in higher education is sponsored by the American Educational Research Association. Participants will: (1) Advance scholarship into the prevalence and impacts of undergraduate food and housing insecurity and interventions designed to address it; (2) Spur new thinking on the implications of housing and food insecurity in higher education for the meaning of college, the role of colleges in society, and the concept of college affordability; and (3)Connect researchers to others in the field to galvanize new research and data collection.  A series of panels will instigate in-depth discussions on issues such as measurement, the estimation of causal impacts, lessons from qualitative research, and program evaluation.  This mini-conference is open to researchers of all levels, including graduate students, both inside and outside of the academy.  Pre-reading will be required.”