2022 #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit: It's Time to Act Now!

Fri, Dec 9, 2022
San Bernardino Valley College
General Info

For the past several years, the Affordability, Food, and Housing Access Taskforce have gathered together students, practitioners, and reform advocates for an annual summit to discuss high-impact practices that address affordability, housing, and food insecurity concerns. We invite you to join us Friday, December 9, 2022, for our next conference hosted in person by San Bernardino Valley College and presented by Ellucian.

For too long, California Community College students have been underfunded and under-resourced, resulting in disproportionately high levels of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty. California Community Colleges have recognized the severity of these issues and are committed to advocating for more resources for students’ basic needs and updating antiquated systems that do not serve our most vulnerable students. Much work has been done, and much work is still needed to bring these efforts to fruition. The time to act is now! Join us in December to learn more about how YOU, in YOUR role, can bring practical solutions to your college.

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Who Should Attend
Who Should Attend

The Basic Needs Summit is geared toward administrators, faculty, classified staff, and student leaders from all areas of the colleges that are working on or interested in helping alleviate basic needs insecurity in our communities. We also invite our community college partners and advocates to join us for this important basic needs discussion and convening.


We have reached capacity for this event. To be added to the waitlist, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org with your name, organization, and email address.

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Non-Member Fee $150
  • For registrants who are not part of the #RealCollegeCalifornia coalition
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Member Fee $125
  • For registrants who are part of the #RealCollegeCalifornia coalition
  • Email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org to receive your special registration instructions and coupon code
Students Only Fee $25
  • For students who are currently enrolled at a California community college
  • Email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org to receive your special registration instructions and coupon code

Registration Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund for your registration, email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. The credit card processing fee will be charged for all refunds, per registrant. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Monday, November 28, 2022.

Full payment for conference registrations is due by credit card only at the time of registration. 

Basic Needs Summit Registration Checklist:

  • Register for the Summit
  • Book your hotel room, if necessary (reservation link in the registration confirmation email)
  • Book your transportation, including flight and ground travel, if necessary
Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals 

The Conference Planning Committee is now seeking proposals for the summit across a variety of strands. We are especially interested in proposals that will provide a blueprint to practitioners, allowing attendees to walk away with “how to” technical resources. To that end, practitioner/student-led panels are highly favorable to bring practical toolkits to equity and student-centric Basic Needs Centers and expand student services. Potential conference proposals are encouraged to fit into one of the following strands:

  • Best practices for Basic Needs Centers
  • Fresh approaches to Cal-Fresh and food assistance partnerships
  • Innovative student housing projects
  • Providing emergency housing assistance to students
  • Using technology & innovative solutions to address basic needs
  • Placing students at the center of the continuum of care
  • Addressing student’s mental health
  • Building and maintaining community partnerships

In preparation for a conference proposal, applicants should have the following information ready for their submission: 1) Names and institutional affiliations of each participant (including address, email, and phone); 2) a title for the proposal; 3) a 50-word summary of the proposed session; 4) learning objectives that will be highlighted during the session (200 words maximum); and 5) the key contact person for the proposal submission.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, September 30, 2022.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the summit planning committee, and applicants will be notified on or before October 14, 2022, if their proposal has been accepted. Email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org if you have any questions.

Keynote Speaker
Keynote Speaker

For the past 22 years, Reggie Dabbs has been speaking to students in public schools. Major news media call him the top public school speaker in America. His keynote is sure to provide an inspirational message that you won't want to miss! 

Today’s generation faces unparalleled pressures, struggles, and choices. If we can reach young people on a personal level so they don’t feel hopeless or alone, and equip students in their choices, we can make a difference individually in the overall school climate. Reggie shares with students, “You can’t change your past, but you can change your future.” No matter what challenges students experience, there is always hope for their future.

Why does Reggie’s story speak strongly to youth? He was born to an unwed teen mother struggling to care for her other children. Despite being born into such poor circumstances, Reggie finds the silver lining and considers himself fortunate to be alive. Raised by foster parents, Reggie pointedly relates to what it is like for kids struggling with adversity, identity, and belonging.

During a school assembly, Reggie talks directly about choices surrounding topics like drugs, alcohol, and self-harm while using humor to continuously engage students. Reggie shares that he never smoked a cigarette, did drugs, or drank alcohol because he chose not to. Reggie shares the value of family, even for kids, like himself, raised by nonbiological caring adults. He talks about healthy relationships and leads students to examine their own choices and potential consequences.

From being a teenager’s “problem,” Reggie has grown into one of the most in-demand speakers helping young people face and overcome struggles head-on. The NEA ranked Reggie as the #1 High School Speaker in America. His words leave a lasting impression on students.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2022 December Basic Needs Summit. To reserve your sponsorship package, email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org to confirm your sponsorship level by Friday, November 4, 2022. 

Sponsorship Packages Platinum
Name and Logo in the Program x x x x

Name and Logo in Marketing Emails

x x x x
Complimentary Registration 3 2 1  
Listing on Event Webpage x x    
List of Attendees x x    
Exhibit Table x      

The schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

DoubleTree by Hilton, San Bernardino, 285 E Hospitality Lane, San Bernardino, CA 92408

3:00 p.m.                                Hotel Check-In (check-out at 12:00 p.m. 12/9)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.        Networking Reception

Friday, December 9, 2022

San Bernardino Valley College, 701 S Mt. Vernon Ave, San Bernardino, CA 92410

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.        Check-In & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m.        Welcome

8:40 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.        Keynote Reggie Dabbs

9:45 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.     Coaching Sessions I

  • Leveraging Financial Resources to Develop a Comprehensive Basic Needs Program
  • Welcome Home City: Helping Students Get Housed and Stay Housed
  • A Student-Centered Approach to Basic Needs
  • Compton College Guaranteed Income Program
  • Imperial Valley College's Student Housing Project - Lotus Living
  • Compassion and Collaboration at the Heart of Providing Holistic Wrap-Around

11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.  Coaching Sessions II

  • Basic Needs 101: How do I get a Basic Needs Program Started?
  • Trauma-Informed Housing Practices: Emergency through Long-Term Solutions & Collaborations
  • SESSION CANCELLED - Strategic Faculty Partnership Framework: Guiding the Future of Food Justice
  • Mission Cares: Meeting the Basic Needs of Students at Mission
  • 360⁰ of Basic Needs
  • Embracing, Building and Sustaining Partnerships to Increase CalFresh Outreach
  • SESSION CANCELLED - Creating A Student Housing Mission from A Basic Needs Perspective

12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.     Lunch & Panel Presentation

  • Basic Needs Resources in the Palm of Student's Hands

2:00 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.        Coaching Sessions III

  • Basic Needs 101: How do I get a Basic Needs Program Started?
  • Student Basic Needs and Fall is Free at Laney College
  • SESSION CANCELLED - Stronger Together: Leveraging Philanthropy and Community to Support Basic Needs Emergencies
  • Leveraging Housing Partners For Housing Insecure Students
  • SESSION CANCELLED - Holistic Approaches to Using Data to Tell Your Basic Needs Story
  • Going Beyond the Basics at Your Basic Needs Center
  • From Needs to Rights: Preserving Student Dignity and Autonomy

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.        General Session

  • Integrating Basic Needs and Mental Health for Student Success

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.        Closing