2022 Basic Needs Summit
For the past several years, the Affordability, Food, and Housing Access Taskforce 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, December 9, 2022, for our next conference hosted in person by San Bernardino Valley College and presented by Ellucian.
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 December 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?
Who Should Attend
The 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.
Please note this event will be held in person and registration will open in October 2022.
Call for Proposals
The Conference Planning Committee is now seeking proposals for the summit across a variety of strands. We are especially interested in proposals that will provide a blueprint to practitioners, allowing attendees to walk away with “how to” technical resources. To that end, practitioner/student-led panels are highly favorable to bring practical toolkits to equity and student-centric Basic Needs Centers and expand student services. Potential conference proposals are encouraged to fit into one of the following strands:
- Best practices for Basic Needs Centers
- Fresh approaches to Cal-Fresh and food assistance partnerships
- Innovative student housing projects
- Providing emergency housing assistance to students
- Using technology & innovative solutions to address basic needs
- Placing students at the center of the continuum of care
- Addressing student’s mental health
- Building and maintaining community 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 submission of proposals is Friday, September 30, 2022.
Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the summit planning committee and applicants will be notified on or before October 14, 2022, if their proposal has been accepted. Email Sadie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2022 December Basic Needs Summit. To reserve your sponsorship package, email Sadie Brown at email@example.com to confirm your sponsorship level.
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