Developing holistic and collaborative approaches to meet basic needs
The needs of students are greater than ever as we continue to navigate the pandemic, economic turmoil, and other intersecting issues. Institutions of higher education play crucial roles in developing collaborative solutions to address hardships relating to housing, food insecurity, healthcare, educational access, mental health, and beyond.
Leaders recognize that basic needs of students, families, and the community are interconnected, so we must address these challenges simultaneously. When basic needs are not fulfilled, prospective students can be forced to make the decision not to pursue higher education in order to provide basic needs support for themselves and their families. This trend happening right now; first generation and lower income students were already less likely to enroll and graduate from two or four year institutions, and gaps have only widened during the pandemic. Considering these challenges, discussions and solutions to address basic needs must be centered on equity and student success.
- We invite presentations that highlight promising practices at your institution that support basic needs of students and the broader community. Presentations should demonstrate progress either internally or with external stakeholders and feature content that other institutions could benefit from.