Scaling Our Food Insecurity Approach: Thoughts from University of Toledo

By Sammy Spann, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, University of Toledo Students, faculty, and staff realized the sustainable need for food on campus. The University of Toledo previously partnered with Toledo Campus Ministry to offer a food pantry … Continue reading Scaling Our Food Insecurity Approach: Thoughts from University of Toledo

Access is not Equity: Expanding Cultural Food Resources at University of Washington Tacoma

By Christine Stevens, Phd, University of Washington Tacoma (UWT) Students in my classes were sharing with me about skipping meals and lack of funds to buy food even working full time. They were discouraged  how hunger affected  their ability to be successful in classes. While I brought food to my classes, I wanted to explore if this was a university wide issue. In 2014, I conducted a survey of all UWT students  and found that 33% of students had low food security even with full time employment and federal educational loans.  I approached the Center of Equity and Inclusion and … Continue reading Access is not Equity: Expanding Cultural Food Resources at University of Washington Tacoma

Food Insecurity at Urban Universities: USU’s Collaborative Opportunity Grant

A hallmark of USU’s programming, the Collaborative Opportunity Grant (COG) is a seed funding initiative that leverages the role of urban universities as a part of an interconnected urban ecosystem. All COG projects must center on a collaboration between a … Continue reading Food Insecurity at Urban Universities: USU’s Collaborative Opportunity Grant

Navigating Uncertainty: The Urgency of Continuous Improvement

The fourth session in the USU Summer meeting series explored how applying a continuous improvement frame to student success efforts, particularly within the context of institutions’ responses to COVID-19, could serve as a model for sustaining and scaling positive change … Continue reading Navigating Uncertainty: The Urgency of Continuous Improvement

Innovating for Equitable Outcomes: Applying Human-Centered Design to Address the Needs of Urban University Stakeholders

Human Centered Design is an approach that focuses on creating solutions to identified issues by focusing on and designing with the end user in mind. Used successfully in corporate settings for decades, universities are now adopting human-centered design principles to … Continue reading Innovating for Equitable Outcomes: Applying Human-Centered Design to Address the Needs of Urban University Stakeholders

Leveraging Students’ Community Cultural Wealth: Moving from Deficit to Asset-Based Approaches to Student Success

The COVID-19 pandemic and the recent protests against racism are inflection points for higher education. As students continue to face the barriers and challenges of remote/online learning, this has thrust universities to think of alternative ways to support students through … Continue reading Leveraging Students’ Community Cultural Wealth: Moving from Deficit to Asset-Based Approaches to Student Success

Designing for Equitable Futures: Respond, Reset, Reinvent

What have urban serving universities learned from the COVID-19 crisis that can inform strategic planning for the future? What inequities have been brought to light? What assumptions need to be questioned and what opportunities exist for structural change moving forward? … Continue reading Designing for Equitable Futures: Respond, Reset, Reinvent