#RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit: Getting Real About Basic Needs as a Fundamental Right
For the past several years, the Affordability, Food, and Housing Access Taskforce and the #RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition 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, February 4, 2022, for our next conference hosted virtually by San Diego Mesa College. The theme of the conference is Getting Real About Basic Needs as a Fundamental Right.
For too long, California Community College students have been under-funded and under-resourced, resulting in disproportionately high levels of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty. The growing income gap and systemic patterns of racism have become a central social justice and moral dilemma facing our colleges. The 2022 conference will address questions such as: How are we going to ensure that our students are housed and fed? How can we convince policymakers and change agents that food, housing, and meeting basic needs are fundamental rights for everyone? How are we implementing changes within our own institutions? How can we become better at addressing this critical moral dilemma?
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.
The Basic Needs Planning Committee is seeking proposals across a variety of strands. The committee is especially interested in panels that highlight student voices and student-centered programming and services. To that end, practitioner-student proposals that will spark honest discussions about placing students at the center of the continuum of care in addressing basic need insecurities are highly favorable. Proposals are encouraged to fit into one of the following strands:
- Utilizing student-centered design principles to address basic needs
- Employing advocacy strategies to advance basic needs as a fundamental right
- Providing emergency housing assistance and innovative housing projects
- Initiating fresh approaches to Cal-Fresh and food assistance partnerships
- Advancing technology & innovative solutions to address basic needs
- Addressing basic needs with emergency resources & innovative partnerships
In preparation of 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 proposal submissions is Friday, November 12, 2021.
Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the planning committee and applicants will be notified on or before December 1, 2021, if their proposal has been accepted.