Resources for Basic Needs Initiatives

This page serves as a repository for basic needs related resources and information.

  • American Council on Education Webinar: Basic Needs for All Students - On June 11, 2020, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, leader of the #realCollege movement and best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in, higher education, will discuss the importance of basic needs and emergency aid for college and university students. Her recent report revealed that 68% of parenting students were housing insecure in the previous year, compared to 42% of students were housing insecure in the previous year. The pandemic has exasperated the crisis around basic needs.

    In an unprecedented move, the federal government granted higher ed with nearly $7B through the CARES Act to be used elusively for emergency aid for their students. Learn more about why granting emergency aid has always been important but is most especially critical today, along with strategies for how to assess basic needs and disburse funds. Dr. Goldrick-Rab will share why using an equity lens (to support all students, but especially DACA, students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and student parents) has a clear ROI for higher ed.  

  • The California State University Student Well-Being and Basic Needs Initiative

  • Sonoma State Basic Needs Strategic Plan 2025 (pdf)