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Addressing the Student Basic Needs Crisis: Seeing Students as Humans First

Thursday, January 28, 2021
10:00am - 11:30am PST
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Students are facing more financial emergencies than ever before and institutions of higher education across the country are struggling to pivot to offer the help and support that students need. Much attention has been given to stop out rates, drop out rates, and decreasing enrollment and transfer rates. The concept of a lost generation of students has permeated higher education circles, conferences, and forums.

What is missing from these conversations? The idea of seeing students as humans first.

Pre-COVID, 43% of students at two and four year universities in the United States were food insecure. 48% of them faced housing insecurity, and 16% of them experienced homelessness. Since the pandemic hit, a survey of 38,000 students conducted by the Hope Center for College Community and Justice indicated that 3 in 5 students (60%) were experiencing basic needs insecurity. 63% of students at four year colleges and 50% of students at two year colleges reported that they couldn’t concentrate on school because of the pandemic.

The student basic needs crisis that existed prior to the pandemic has hit a tipping point, and students that were barely “making it” have joined those already impacted by the crisis and have been forced to re-evaluate their short and long term futures. This often means eliminating higher education from their plans.

Fortunately, there is hope amid this daunting landscape. Join us for a conversation with the nation’s leading experts on Student Basic Needs to evaluate where we stand in our response to help students and what relief 2021 might bring.



  • Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Temple University; Founder and President, Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
  • Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
  • Rachel Sumekh, Founder and CEO, Swipe Out Hunger





No cost to participate

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and Catalyst members and eligible non-members

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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