#RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit: Getting Real About Basic Needs as a Fundamental Right

Fri, Feb 4, 2022
Virtual Conference
General Info

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, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., for our next conference hosted virtually by San Diego Mesa College and presented by Ellucian. 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? 

Who Should Attend

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.


Registration for the 2022 #RealCollegeCalifornia Basic Needs Summit will open on Monday, November 1, 2021. For questions about registration, please contact Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org.

Registration Fee:

  • Member Colleges and Districts: Free Admission
  • Non-Member Colleges and Districts: $50
  • Non-Member Colleges and Districts (Students Only): $25

Current Member List
Click here to see if your college or district is a member of the #RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition. 

Student Scholarships for Basic Needs Summit:
Students or Student Trustees from colleges and districts who are not a part of the #RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition are required to pay the $25 Non-Member Fee (Students Only). If the student or student's institution is unable to pay the conference fee, please email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org to inquire about scholarship opportunities. 

Registration Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing. To request a refund for your registration email Sadie Brown at sadie@ccleague.org. The credit card processing fee will be charged for all refunds. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made after Friday, January 28, 2022.

Registration will close on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

Call for Proposals

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 has been extended through Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Submissions will be reviewed and selected by the planning committee and applicants will be notified on or before December 17, 2021, if their proposal has been accepted.

#RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition

#RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition Member List

#RealCollege is a national movement created by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Focused on the struggles, triumphs, and realities of what it means to be in college today, #RealCollege seeks to change the landscape of higher education so that all students can afford and complete their studies.

Historically disempowered students and colleges become more powerful when they work together, pooling resources to alter the future of higher education. #RealCollege coalitions form the basis of the movement. All the coalitions commit to a single fundamental premise: Secure access to food, housing, and other basic needs are essential to academic success in higher education and must, therefore, be treated as a top educational priority.

Membership Pricing
The membership fee is based on the institution’s student headcount and includes individualized technical assistance and coaching. Please note that the membership fee can be covered by HEERF funds:

  • 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

Notes: District pricing varies according to the number of colleges in them. A portion of the membership fee ($300) is used to support the annual #RealCollege™ California Summit. The membership cycle runs from September 1 to August 31

The #RealCollege™ California Coalition offers multiple benefits to participating institutions. Check out this overview of the supports and plan to renew or become a member next fall.

For additional information or questions please contact realcollegeca@temple.edu.


The schedule is subject to change.

Friday, February 4, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.             Welcome

9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.          Conference Keynote: Atif Qarni

10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.        Spotlight Session: Building a Student-Centered Services and Support Ecosystem 

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        Break 

10:30 a.m.-10:50 a.m.           Spotlight Session: Powerful Partnerships: Leveraging Resources to Meet Basic Needs 

10:50 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.        Mesa Highlight

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.        Coaching Sessions 1 

  • Basic Needs Team Assemble! Intentional Collaboration to Support #RealCollege Students 
  • Los Rios Eats 
  • Reducing Basic Needs Equity Gaps: Utilizing A Student-Centered Approach 
  • 13 Days' Too Long: Equitable Practices for Emergency Aid Distribution 
  • Addressing CCC Students’ Food Insecurities: Preliminary Findings from System-Wide Research 

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.        Break

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.           Coaching Sessions 2 

  • Connecting Students of Concern with MSW Interns and Basic Needs 
  • Innovation+Partnership: A Scalable Model for Colleges Battling Food Insecurity 
  • Bridging the Community College Housing Gap 
  • Proper Nutrition=College Success: Making CalFresh Work for Students 
  • CalFresh on Your Campus: Real Life Lessons from CCC CalFresh

1:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.          Break 

1:10 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.          Student Voices Panel 

1:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.          Closing


The Affordability, Food, and Housing Access Taskforce and the #RealCollegeCalifornia Coalition would like to thank our Sponsors. For questions about sponsorships, please contact Sadie Brown, Events and Sponsors Associate at sadie@ccleague.org

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