Our aim in creating and hosting #RealCollege, a national convening on food and housing insecurity among undergraduates, was to catalyze changes in the field in order to bring help to students more quickly. We sought to bridge the gap between action-oriented practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and philanthropists, bringing them together to find solutions, unearth unasked questions, and set agendas. We wanted participants to learn from one another about current and potential reforms to federal and state policy, innovations led by food banks and housing authorities around the country, and creative approaches developed by individual faculty, students, alumni, and other campus leaders. We hoped that they would make connections and develop the relationships needed to effectively collaborate. In our vision, the convening would be a first step in a national movement to ensure that no undergraduate goes hungry or homeless while pursuing higher education.

Click here to read our 2016 convening summary