2023 Real College California Basic Needs Summit

Fri, Dec 8, 2023
Evergreen Valley College
General Info


Rising to the Challenge: Heroes for Basic Needs

California's community college students face the highest levels of food and housing insecurity among higher education students in the state. Findings from the recently published report, Real College California: Basic Needs Among California Community College Students, found that two of every three California community college students face at least one basic needs insecurity, including lack of food and housing

For the past five years, the Real College California Coalition, supported by the CEO Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce volunteers, has gathered students, practitioners, and advocates for an annual summit to discuss high impact practices that address housing and food insecurity concerns. 

Our next conference is scheduled to be held in person at Evergreen Valley College in San Jose, California on Friday, December 8, 2023. The theme of the conference is Rising to the Challenge: Heroes for Basic Needs and this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. César A. Cruz. Learn more about how we continue to rise to the challenge of supporting our students in need.


2023 RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit:

Rising to the Challenge: Heroes for Basic Needs

7:30 a.m.- 8:30 a.m.               Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.            Welcome

8:40 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.            Keynote Speaker, Dr. Cesar Cruz, Homies Empowerment 

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.          Spotlight Session 

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.      Transition/Break 

10:50 p.m. – 11:50 p.m.      Concurrent Sessions 1 

11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.          Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.            Transition/Break 

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.            Concurrent Sessions 2 

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.             Transition/Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.             Closing Session


Have Questions about the summit? Reach out to Joshua Williams at joshua@realcollegecalifornia.org.



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.

Register Here - NOTE: Registration for the summit will close December 4th at 5:00 p.m. or until sold out. Limited space is available. Register now!


General Registration: $200

Member Registration: $150 (with discount code)

Student Registration: $25

IMPORTANT NOTE: If your college is a member of the Real College California Coalition, they will be emailed the Member discount code. Please apply your registration code before you submit your registration. It cannot be applied retroactively. For questions contact Joshua Williams at Joshua@realcollegecalifornia.org.


Rooms are available at the Hayes Mansion in San Jose at the normal hotel rate.

Real College California Coalition
Real College California Coalition

Real College California Impact:
Envisioned by the Chief Executive Officers of the CEO Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce,  the Real College California Coalition was created in 2019 to provide the latest evidence, integrated with hands-on guidance to inform implementation and help members develop a cutting-edge mindset to increase their institutional effectiveness and strengthen California’s ecosystems to support students’ basic needs and promote college completion.

Today, more than 90 colleges are part of the Real College California Coalition and have been able to:

  • Use data to inform basic needs programming and effective interventions
  • Implement strategies to support students with equitable emergency aid models (doubling graduation rates)
  • Strategize to develop innovative programs to secure housing, maximize the implementation of one-stop centers, and leverage funding opportunities
  • Build internal capacity to respond to the ecosystem nuances, enhancing the operationalization of programs designed to support students

The Taskforce has coordinated and hosted five basic needs summits focused on sharing best practices and building a network of leaders and practitioners focused on basic needs and student success.

  • Friday, December 7, 2018, at Compton College with 250 participants
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, at Laney College with 222 participants  (Capacity was 222), view webpage
  • Friday, December 4, 2020, hosted by Cypress College and Imperial Valley College with 525 participants (virtual), view webpage
  • Friday, February 4, 2022, hosted by San Diego Mesa College with 418 participants (virtual), view webpage
  • Friday, December 2, 2022, at San Bernardino Valley College with 300 participants (Capacity was 300), view webpage

Save the Date for our 2023 Annual Real College California Basic Needs Summit on Friday, December 8, 2023.

Real College California Coalition Membership:
The goal of the Real College California Coalition offers support for incubating, implementing, and assessing equity-based solutions and support services to address basic needs insecurities experienced by students in California’s community colleges. Member institutions receive help building internal capacity and gaining tools to impact institutional transformation in the following three areas:

  • Statewide & National Advocacy for Basic Needs Support Services and Funding
  • Networking, Support, and Professional Development
  • Elevating Best Practices & Research

Real College California Membership Cost & Benefits:

  1. Any California Community College may apply to become a member of the Real College California for one year.
  2. Member institutions agree to share information on their current #RealCollege basic needs efforts and participate in convenings and advocacy
  3. Participate in the Real College California survey every two years
  4. Discounted registration for the annual Real College California Basic Needs Summit (fall)
  5. Invitations to regional convenings (spring)

Membership Pricing: Annual membership varies by institutional size (headcount) and includes participation in the Real College California survey.

  • 10,000 students or less $3,000
  • 10,000- 20,000 students $4,000
  • 20,001- 30,000 students $5,000
  • 30,001 students or more $6,000

For additional information or questions, contact League Staff at cclc@ccleague.org.