PHILADELPHIA – The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is propelling the work of the #RealCollege™ Movement by launching the development of a new digital curriculum and community of practice to transform higher education into a place where students are treated as humans first. As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, this effort to scale supports for students’ basic needs for food, housing, childcare, transportation, and mental health has never been more critical.
The #RealCollege™ Movement began in 2015 as students joined with practitioners, advocates, researchers, and faculty to demand that their basic needs for food and housing become central to higher education’s work. The movement inspired an annual conference, survey, coalitions and collaborations, an award-winning documentary, and both state and federal legislation. The #RealCollege™ Curriculum (RCC) will scale that ground-breaking work with an equitable and sustainable approach to disseminating lessons from the movement around the world.
Centering the #RealCollege™ emphasis on a culture of belonging, justice, love, and transformation, the highly interactive modularized delivery platform will bring users close to students’ lived experiences and into an international and inclusive community of practice. The platform will support the full array of educators and community organizations, students, advocates, and policymakers who are seeking new skills to address basic needs for college attainment and student well-being.
The #RealCollege™ Curriculum is a partnership between The Hope Center and three experienced partners:
- Digital Pedagogy Lab, a community of educators focused on issues of social justice in online and face-to-face teaching, is coordinating curricular development focused on compassion and care.
- Frontlines of Justice, an online video learning curriculum creator, is bringing its innovative, cutting-edge content delivery platform to the project, providing a sleek, interactive, and engaging learning experience.
- Award-winning documentarian Soledad O’Brien’s production company is contributing footage from the documentary Hungry to Learn.
The first modules of the curriculum will be publicly available in Fall 2022. If you or your institution are interested in finding out more about the #RealCollege™ Curriculum please provide your information to ensure we can update you as we develop the curriculum. Colleges and universities and other organizations that wish to use the #RealCollege™ Curriculum to train and support their staff, faculty, and students may sign up at the link below to receive registration information as it becomes available.
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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation along with Gates Philanthropy Partners facilitated the launch of the #RealCollege™ Curriculum with a seed grant to support the first three modules, which will be publicly available by early 2022. The Hope Center seeks additional partners to develop and expand the curriculum.