The Hope Center

Students are humans first.

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is redefining what it means to be a student-ready college, with a national movement centering on #RealCollege™ students’ basic needs. Reliable and consistent access to affordable food, housing, transportation, technology, familial care, and health care is a central condition for learning. Without those needs met, far too many students leave college in debt and without degrees.

Join Us for Our Final Event and Celebration

Our #RealCollege™ Virtual Journey Celebration commemorates the conversations, the camaraderie, and the continued commitment to supporting students of all our attendees and participants.

Join us on 12/2 at 5 pm EST to hear from our inaugural #RealCollege™ Champions Dr. Pamela Lester and Mark Mitsui, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs Michelle Asha Cooper, #RealCollege™ SLAC students, and more!

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The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice & Believe in Students are collaborating on the #RealCollege™ Blog.

We are conducting action research and fighting for the resources and supports to help #RealCollege™ students succeed.

The Crimsonbridge Foundation recently awarded The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice $100,000 to support the creation of a...
Dr. Anne Lundquist, a learning expert and advocate for students, will join The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice...
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice launched a new project this fall to connect Compton College students with...

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is driving the #RealCollege™ movement to assist students’ basic needs for food and housing. Donate to support #RealCollege™ students.

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“Hungry to Learn” available for free on Yahoo

After years of being ignored, students experiencing food insecurity are finally taken seriously in Soledad O’Brien’s important new documentary Hungry to LearnIt’s a critical investigation into what students need now to succeed. Everyone who cares about college, works in a college, or is committed to America’s economic recovery should view this documentary and commit to action. Given the current health and economic crisis, there’s never been a more important time.

Thanks to Yahoo, the documentary is now available to stream for free. Seize this opportunity. Show the doc to your colleagues and students. Educate policymakers, fundraise for basic needs programs, and spread the word about the realities of #RealCollege. Share what you do with us at #RealCollege and #HungryToLearn on social media.