Student Basic Need Insecurity – On-Demand Training

Sale price$399.00


Assess & Develop Initiatives to Overcome Barriers to Degree Completion

Studies from across the country suggest that food and housing insecurity are impacting large populations across the United States — in fact, recent data suggests that more than 40% of students are food insecure and more than 10% have been or currently are experiencing homelessness.*

Join our expert presenters Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, leader of the California State University system-wide comprehensive study that explored food and housing security and author of Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Strategies for Educational Leaders, and her colleague Dr. Kenneth Kelly, Director of Basic Needs at CSU Long Beach, as they share their insight into this alarming and growing problem. They share methods to assess the current need on your campus, system-wide initiatives to address the problem, an overview of state mandates, the latest statistics associated with hunger and homelessness, and strategies for identifying high-risk populations.

Students who experience food insecurity, homelessness, or both, also have physical and mental health consequences that negatively impact their campus engagement and academic success. Basic need insecurity is a significant threat to higher education — it impacts retention and challenges the fundamental mission of your institution. Ensure your initiatives and programs support students so they can thrive and persist to achieve their academic goals.

*Data referenced from California State University's Comprehensive Study for Basic Need Security (2016 – 2019), which mirrors national statistics on college students.

Topics Covered

As a result of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify the serious impact of basic needs insecurity on the health and well-being of students — implement initiatives that best serve your campus community, uphold the mission of your institution and sustain students' personal and academic success.
  • Assess current needs, comply with state mandates, identify gaps and create opportunities to address basic needs insecurity — provide critical support to your students to tailor meet their needs and ensure you retain, persist and graduate them.
  • Determine high-risk populations — ensure they get the critical support and assistance they need so they don't fall through the cracks!
  • Foster community partnerships and enhance student utilization of community agencies for needs that are beyond the scope of the university — provide the necessary additional support to your students to meet their needs and overcome barriers to their success.
  • Provide spaces on campus to be available and easily accessible to students who may be experiencing basic need insecurities — increase their sense of security and belonging and allow a safe refuge for their "poverty naps".


Dr. Rashida Crutchfield is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach and author of Addressing Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: Strategies for Educational Leaders.
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Dr. Kenneth Kelly is the Director of the Basic Needs and the Women’s and Gender Equity Center at California State University, Long Beach.
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Included When You Purchase

  • 90-minute online session with carefully selected expert(s)
  • Unlimited access to view webinar recording on demand
  • Materials for your team (handouts, discussion questions, etc.)
  • Certificate of completion for each participant
  • Weekly newsletter – What's Working on Campus

Instructions for access are available immediately upon checkout. You may share this On-Demand Training with any staff members from your campus community for unlimited viewing. For information about licensing this webinar for unlimited distribution on your institution’s internal network/server, email

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