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“Hunger in America: Hunger on College Campuses”

On September 8, 2021, we testified before Congress, fighting for #RealCollege™ students.
Click here to read Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s Full Testimony.

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.

The #RealCollege™ Virtual Journey

The Hope Center is offering the #RealCollege™ Virtual Journey, a free nine-month series of programs focused on information, policy, and practices affecting Basic Needs Insecurity in higher education. Our opening webinar will focus on #RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic and details of our new survey. Click here for more details, previous recordings, and to sign up for this series.

Students Are Humans First: Celebrating the Launch of a National #RealCollege™ Cohort

We are proud to announce our first #RealCollege™ Institutional Capacity-Building Cohort (ICBC), composed of 27 higher education institutions spanning the nation from Washington to New York.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ICBC cohort will advance equity and promote degree completion by addressing students’ basic needs.

How is COVID-19 affecting students’ well-being?

COVID-19’s impact on higher education has been widely examined as academic disruptions, social isolation, and financial instability threaten students’ dreams of college attainment. Now,  a new study conducted by The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice of more than 100,000 undergraduates across the nation reveals the negative implications of the COVID-19 virus on students’ health and well-being.

Analyzing data from the sixth annual #RealCollege™ Survey, conducted at 202 colleges and universities in 42 states in the fall 2020, Hope Center researchers compared students based on whether or not they reported having had COVID. Almost 7 percent of students said that they had contracted the virus, a likely underestimate.

How are students faring during the ongoing pandemic?

Nearly 200,000 students at 130 community colleges and 72 four-year colleges and universities told us about their food and housing needs in our fall 2020 #RealCollege Survey.

Our report examines the pandemic’s impact on the #RealCollege students who were able to continue their education in this challenging environment. We assessed students’ basic needs security and their well-being as indicated by their employment status, academic engagement, and mental health.

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

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 #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.

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

Andy Howe, Ph.D., a higher education veteran well-known for his leadership of institutional support programs and policy/practice changes, is the...
Sara Abelson, an innovative higher education change agent, will join The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in early...
Connecting Texas community college students to resources addressing their basic needs for food, housing, childcare and more offers big dividends...
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice recommends widespread action to uplift residents of the nation’s poorest major city...
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is pleased to announce it is collaborating with California community college leaders...
This week, a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate wisely confirmed James Kvaal for the role of Under Secretary of...
Hearing on: Ending Hunger in America - Hunger on College Campuses Date: September 8, 2021 Chairman McGovern, Ranking Member Cole,
At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. Parenting students and...

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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.


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