#RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit

Fri, Dec 4, 2020
Virtual Conference
General Info
General Info

The #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit provides a venue for practitioners at California Community Colleges to come together to network and learn best practices for supporting our students with the greatest needs. This year's summit will presented in a virtual format via Zoom. 

The summit will include discussions covering topics such as food security, housing, health and mental health services, approaches to student outreach and identification, data collection, fundraising efforts, and COVID-19. Participants will gain practical strategies to implement during this unprecedented time. More information about the summit will be provided in the fall.

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. 

#RealCollegeCalifornia Membership
#RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition

#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. In its second year, participating institutions have access to engage in the coalition's programming and technical assistance to:

  • Create an institutional culture that recognizes that securing access to food and housing is essential to students' academic success and that it should be treated as a top educational priority.
  • Increase the institutional effectiveness to advance basic needs work.
  • Build internal capacity to implement and advocate for policy change, enhancing the operationalization of programs designed to support students.

"Addressing students' basic needs is hard and necessary work. We need to do it as a community and #RealCollegeCA brings us together as allies in support of our students."

- Keith Curry, Ed.D., President & CEO, Compton College

Benefits of joining the #RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition:

  • Engage in the latest state of the arts practices to connect students with basic needs supports.
  • Use the latest evidence, integrated with hands-on guidance to information implementation, and help members develop a cutting-edge mindset.
  • Build the capacity of all teams involved in advancing basic needs (unlimited participation!)
  • Flexible access to learning tools: the Coalition's asynchronous learning approach accommodates members' busy schedules and interests, where they engage in an exclusive channel to access useful materials, articles, submit questions to the Hope Center staff, and communicate with our members.

This is your chance to join! Check out this overview of the supports and offerings and sign up by September 30, 2020, to participate.

#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
Membership fees are based on the institutions' student headcount and include individualized technical assistance for their teams involved in basic needs work and a 50% discount to participate in the #RealCollege Survey (district pricing varies according to the number of colleges and their student count).

  • 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.

Note: The Coalition offers individualized support to institutions. Therefore, district pricing depends on the number of colleges in the district and their student headcount. For special invoicing arrangements, please contact realcolleca@temple.edu.

To become a member, Apply Today!