2023 Real College California Basic Needs Summit

Fri, Dec 8, 2023
Evergreen Valley College
General Info

Rising to the Challenge: Heroes for Basic Needs


General Info

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 8, 2023, for our next conference at Evergreen Valley College. 

The Call for Proposals is open through Oct. 9, 2023.

For too long, California Community College students have been underfunded and under-resourced, resulting in disproportionately high levels of food insecurity, homelessness, and poverty. California Community Colleges have recognized the severity of these issues and are committed to advocating for more resources for students’ basic needs and updating antiquated systems that do not serve our most vulnerable students. Much work has been done, and much work is still needed to bring these efforts to fruition. Join us in December to learn more about how YOU, in YOUR role, can bring practical solutions to your college.


Who Should Attend
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.


Registration for the summit will open in Fall 2023. 

Real College California Coalition
Real College California Coalition

Real College California Impact:
Envisioned by the Chief Executive Officers of the CEO Affordability, Food & Housing Access Taskforce,  the Real College California Coalition was created in 2019 to provide the latest evidence, integrated with hands-on guidance to inform implementation and help members develop a cutting-edge mindset to increase their institutional effectiveness and strengthen California’s ecosystems to support students’ basic needs and promote college completion.

Today, more than 90 colleges are part of the Real College California Coalition and have been able to:

  • Use data to inform basic needs programming and effective interventions
  • Implement strategies to support students with equitable emergency aid models (doubling graduation rates)
  • Strategize to develop innovative programs to secure housing, maximize the implementation of one-stop centers, and leverage funding opportunities
  • Build internal capacity to respond to the ecosystem nuances, enhancing the operationalization of programs designed to support students

The Taskforce has coordinated and hosted five basic needs summits focused on sharing best practices and building a network of leaders and practitioners focused on basic needs and student success.

  • Friday, December 7, 2018, at Compton College with 250 participants
  • Friday, December 6, 2019, at Laney College with 222 participants  (Capacity was 222), view webpage
  • Friday, December 4, 2020, hosted by Cypress College and Imperial Valley College with 525 participants (virtual), view webpage
  • Friday, February 4, 2022, hosted by San Diego Mesa College with 418 participants (virtual), view webpage
  • Friday, December 2, 2022, at San Bernardino Valley College with 300 participants (Capacity was 300), view webpage

Save the Date for our 2023 Annual Real College California Basic Needs Summit on Friday, December 8, 2023.

Real College California Coalition Membership:
The goal of the Real College California Coalition offers support for incubating, implementing, and assessing equity-based solutions and support services to address basic needs insecurities experienced by students in California’s community colleges. Member institutions receive help building internal capacity and gaining tools to impact institutional transformation in the following three areas:

  • Statewide & National Advocacy for Basic Needs Support Services and Funding
  • Networking, Support, and Professional Development
  • Elevating Best Practices & Research

Real College California Membership Cost & Benefits:

  1. Any California Community College may apply to become a member of the Real College California for one year.
  2. Member institutions agree to share information on their current #RealCollege basic needs efforts and participate in convenings and advocacy
  3. Participate in the Real College California survey every two years
  4. Discounted registration for the annual Real College California Basic Needs Summit (fall)
  5. Invitations to regional convenings (spring)

Membership Pricing: Annual membership varies by institutional size (headcount) and includes participation in the Real College California survey.

  • 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

For additional information or questions, contact League Staff at cclc@ccleague.org.

Call for Proposals
Call for Proposals Now Open

We seek proposals from basic needs heroes across the themes discussed below.  The planning committee is particularly interested in proposals that place trauma-informed care at the heart of their creative approaches, programs that promote student advocacy and activism, and workshops featuring collaborative efforts that work across traditional silos and community collaboration. Conference proposals should fit one of the following themes:

  • Centering trauma-informed approaches in outreach and services
  • Promoting student activism and involvement
  • Developing cross-departmental teams and collaborative campus-wide initiatives
  • Offering innovative approaches to financial empowerment for students
  • Serving and engaging diverse student populations with highest levels of insecurities (e.g., LGBTQ+, African American, Native American, Foster Students, Veterans, Students with Disabilities, Student Parents)
  • Using technology & innovative solutions to address basic needs
  • Building and maintaining community partnerships

Go to Proposal Submission Form

When preparing 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 October 9. Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the planning committee and applicants will be notified on or before October 27, if their proposal has been accepted.