#RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit

Fri, Dec 6, 2019
Laney College
General Info

General Info 

More than ever before, our colleges are seeking innovative solutions and best practices to address basic needs insecurity among our students. To support this effort, the #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit is focused on providing a venue for practitioners in the California Community Colleges to come together to network and learn best practices for supporting our students with the greatest needs. 

The summit will include workshops and panel presentations covering topics such as food security, housing, health and mental health services, approaches to student outreach and identification, data collection, and fundraising efforts. Participants will leave the summit with practical strategies to implement at their campuses and a network of colleagues for supporting one another at milestones over the next year. 

Laney College, in Oakland, is pleased to serve as the host college for the summit this year. Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 6, 2019, with an optional networking reception on the evening of Thursday, December 5th.  

We cannot do this work alone. Join the #RealCollegeCalifornia Network and let’s work together to help alleviate food and housing insecurity in our communities.

In partnership,

Tammeil Y. Gilkerson, Ed.D.
Laney College

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

The #RealCollegeCalifornia 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. 



Registration Fee: $175 per person
The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, and summit materials.

The #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit is SOLD OUT! To be placed on a waitlist, please contact Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org




The schedule is subject to change.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Executive Inn & Suites, 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606

3:00 p.m.                           Hotel Check-In

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.         Networking Reception 


Friday, December 6, 2019

Laney College, 900 Fallon Street, Oakland, CA 94607

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.         Fireside Chat & Q&A                                   

Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab
Founder of the Hope Center for College Community and Justice in Philadelphia and Professor of Higher Education and Sociology at Temple University

Ruben Canedo
Director, Strategic Equity Initiatives at University of California, Berkeley

9:45 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.        Session I Workshops

  • Acknowledging  & Building Resilience  ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)  in Education
  • Strengthening Student Families: Creating a Culture of Care on your Campus
  • Cross-Sector Partnerships to Address Food Insecurity Among College Students
  • Using What You Have to Get What You Want: A Guide for How Institutions Can Utilize Existing Departments to Create a Framework to Address Food Insecurity on Campus
  • I want to donate! I want to help! How to fundraise and solidify buy-in on and off campus
  • From Basic Needs Interventions to Student Persistence-SparkPoint District Wide

11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.     Session II Workshops      

  • Leveraging state and federal resources to fight college student hunger
  • Fresh Food & Nice Clothes: A Jaguar Commitment to Access, Excellence, & Innovation
  • All is Well! Building and Modeling Resilience in the Face of Trauma
  • Public-Private Partnerships for Affordable Student Housing at community colleges
  • Combating Food Insecurity through Campus Food Recovery Kitchen Curriculum
  • Bringing Students Home: Options for Addressing Homelessness Among College Students

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

2:00 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.          Session III Workshops

  • The Stand Resource Center Expansion and The Resiliency Fund
  • Student Ambassadors: Increasing Awareness of Mental Health Resources on Campus
  • Establishing a Fresh (Farmers Style) Market on your campus
  • Columbia College: College, County and State Collaboration for low-cost interventions to address student food insecurity
  • Butte Strong: A College's Response to Natural Disaster
  • Cañada College Meal Program - Hot and Cold Meal Options for Students

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.          Practitioner Roundtables & Campus Plan

4:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.          Closing 


Hotel Information

Hotel Information

Summit attendees are encouraged to book a hotel room at the Executive Inn & Suites, located at 1755 Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94606. A block of rooms has been reserved at the negotiated rates listed below. 

  • $159 plus tax per night City View Rooms
  • $179 plus tax per night Water View Rooms

To book your hotel room, please review your registration confirmation email for a booking link and additional details. Room reservations must be made on or before Wednesday, October 23rd.


Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

The #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit Planning Committee is no longer accepting presentation proposals. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Wu Chang at DTChang@Peralta.edu.

Learning Strands
Proposals are invited for summit presentations that celebrate and share community partnerships, college programs, and innovative solutions for addressing:

  • Housing insecurity
  • Food insecurity
  • Access to health and mental health services
  • Student identification and data collection/tracking on interventions
  • Fundraising to sustain basic needs support services

The goal of the summit is to provide attendees with practical strategies that they can take back to their campuses. Attendees will adopt a strategy for further exploration, discussion, or implementation when they return to their campuses and connect with colleagues 3-6-9 months after the summit for support.

The 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. Proposals should target specific interests as well as cross boundaries between all segments of the colleges

Session Format
Summit concurrent sessions are one (1) hour and generally have one (1) to four (4) presenter(s).

Criteria for Selection
The #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit Committee will use the following criteria to select sessions for the program.

The proposal:

  • is innovative, thought-provoking and stimulates discussion;
  • is relevant to helping alleviate challenges related to student basic needs;
  • is of interest to a cross-section of people;
  • has a diverse array of presenters, including presenters of different levels of experience;
  • models good teaching and learning strategies; and
  • provides practical strategies attendees can take back to their campuses
Session Materials

Session Materials

PowerPoint presentations and materials from the 2019 #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit will be loaded here. Please check back here as additional materials will be added. 

#RealCollegeCalifornia Membership

#RealCollege is a national movement created by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Focused on the struggles, triumphs, and realities of what it means to be in college today, #RealCollege seeks to change the landscape of higher education so that all students can afford and complete their studies.

Historically disempowered students and colleges become more powerful when they work together, pooling resources to alter the future of higher education. #RealCollege coalitions form the basis of the movement. In these coalitions members work together toward common goals in order to increase their effectiveness. All of the coalitions commit to a single fundamental premise:  Secure access to food and housing is essential to academic success in higher education and must therefore be treated as a top educational priority.

The inaugural #RealCollegeCalifornia was instigated by the Chief Executive Officers of the California Community Colleges Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce. Members of the #RealCollegeCalifornia receive the following support from the Hope Center as they endeavor to secure students’ basic needs:

  • #RealCollegeCalifornia Conference – Special membership rates for the annual Conference, and support with the planning and implementation of the conference which is held on a California Community College campus.
  • Strategic Planning – Advice from leaders, including virtual office hours with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, and help with strategic planning and implementation in diverse areas such as financial aid, food, housing, partnership relations, and advising
  • Network and Partnership Connections – Networking opportunities and moral support provided by experienced practitioners from around the country.
  • Grant Assistance – Assistance with grant proposals and other fundraising activities for participating institutions.
  • Research, Data, and Baseline Metrics – Assistance from qualified researchers to establish baseline metrics and assess outcomes as well as assistance with powerful storytelling.
  • Online Resources – Participation in an online platform to communicate with colleagues for brainstorming, collaboration, and planning, including a virtual book club.
  • Advocacy Support – Strategic Guidance on policy advocacy at the state and federal levels and opportunities to share lessons and success with a national audience.
  • #RealCollege Survey – Optional Participation in the #RealCollege survey, cost includes student incentives.

#RealCollegeCalifornia Membership

Any California Community College may apply to become a member of the #RealCollegeCalifornia for one year. To do so, institutions should complete the below membership application, including affirming the commitment statement, and pay the #RealCollegeCalifornia membership fee to the Community College League of California. As part of this process, institutions will share information on their current #RealCollege efforts in five areas:  food security, housing security, communications and education, data, and policy.

Continued Membership
Continued membership requires that institutions demonstrate annual progress in their #RealCollege work in at least two of the five areas or by adding at least one new area of work to their portfolio. In addition, by end of year one institutions must have completed the #RealCollege survey or a comparable survey approved by the Hope Center.

Membership Pricing
Annual membership varies by institutional size (headcount). The #RealCollege survey is an extra $2,500 ($1,000 of which goes to the institution’s students for participation).

  • 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

A portion of each membership fee ($300) will be used to support the annual #RealCollegeCalifornia Conference.

To become a member, Apply Today!