More than ever before, colleges are seeking innovative and best practices to address basic needs insecurity among their students. To support their efforts, the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, in partnership with community colleges throughout the state, was pleased to host the first-ever Basic Needs Summit.
The Basic Needs Summit included keynote addresses from both Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a nationally recognized researcher, professor, and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab - the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable.
The Summit included participants, panelists, and presenters from many areas of expertise offering ideas for best practices, partnerships, policy, and more. Workshops and panel presentations covered topics including food security, housing, health and mental health services, and college affordability.
Participants left the summit with practical strategies to implement at their campuses to better support the basic needs of their students.