Stephanie Brescia

Stephanie is a Research Project Manager at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Steph recently earned a PhD in Higher Education from Rutgers University-New Brunswick where her research focused on understanding the personal, academic, and institutional factors that impact the persistence of food insecure students in higher education. Applying a practical and solution-oriented approach to her work, Stephanie also developed and implemented programs to help alleviate food insecurity among students. Some of her prior projects include the establishment of a clinical food insecurity screening process at university health centers; the launch of a free lunch program for university students; and the creation of an undergraduate service-learning course focused on community food security. Before joining The Hope Center team, Steph held a variety of roles in higher education and previously served as a Project Manager for the School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers University and a Residence Director at St. John’s University. Stephanie also holds a BA in Psychology and Italian from Villanova University and an MEd in College Student Affairs from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. 

Steph’s hope: To use research, data, and assessment to dismantle the structural inequalities that make it difficult for students to earn a college credential.