How Institutions Can Better Understand and Meet Students' Needs


Student homelessness and food insecurity was already a growing crisis before coronavirus, but the pandemic is making the situation even worse. Read the latest #realcollege report.

The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of access to affordable food and housing among college students. Results can be broken down by state and institution, which state systems and individual colleges can use to better understand the degree of housing and food insecurity among their own students. This important information can help in designing appropriate supports for students in need.

This webinar covered details about the survey and how institutions, partner organizations, and state systems can distribute the survey to their own students.


Liz Looker is a senior research project manager at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice. Prior to joining the Hope Center, Liz worked in academic and student affairs as the associate director of undergraduate education at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Before working with undergraduates, Liz was the program coordinator of student life and learning in the Executive MBA Program at MIT Sloan. Liz earned an M.Ed. in higher education administration from Suffolk University and a bachelor’s in sociology and fine art from Hampshire College.

Sarah Magnelia is a research project manager at the Hope Center for Community, College, and Justice. Prior to joining the Hope Center, Sarah worked with the College Advising Corps, at KIPP Philadelphia Schools, and in the Office of the Superintendent at the School District of Philadelphia (SDP). Most recently, Sarah served as a project manager in SDP’s Office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs. Originally from Texas, Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and geography from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.