Joshua Williams is a practitioner-researcher at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Prior to joining The Hope Center, Joshua worked at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) as the Director of Guardian Scholars, serving the former foster youth population and supporting students’ basic needs. Throughout his time there he launched the CalFresh Outreach program, co-authored several grants to support students’ basic needs, and collaborated with CSUDH’s IT department to design an app aimed at securing food for students on campus. Additionally, he served as a CSU basic needs ambassador where he provided training to campus staff and faculty to increase awareness of basic needs challenges and resources.
Joshua was a first-generation college student who received his B.A. in Communications from CSUDH and an M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in Student Development in Higher Education from California State University, Long Beach.
Joshua’s hope: Institutions recognize that in order to improve degree attainment among students from historically marginalized groups, it is critical to address students’ basic needs and implement sustainable and equitable strategies to support their ability to succeed academically and personally.