Division of Student Affairs

UNCG Selected for Hope Center #RealCollege Institutional Capacity-Building Cohort

Posted on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 by Jolie Helton under Inside Student Affairs, Partners. Tags:

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice announced today that UNC Greensboro is one of 27 higher education institutions selected to join its first #RealCollege Institutional Capacity-Building Cohort. UNC Charlotte is also included in the cohort.

The program is designed to assist colleges and universities in retaining students who need food and housing supports and who were made more vulnerable because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The cohort will utilize data from The Hope Center’s evidence-based research studies to empower institutions in assisting #RealCollege students. The cohort will create an ecosystem for developing solutions to complex problems, to empower leaders to impact organizational change, and to build connections with other colleges. Member institutions will build their capacity for assessment, analysis, and social support systems for students.

“The ICBC Cohort will provide new and lasting connections for all member institutions as we explore the best practices for assisting students with food, housing, and the hidden challenges of degree completion during the pandemic,” said Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, President and Founder of The Hope Center. “This national cohort will move our research into action, building a diverse exchange of ideas and cohesion in our efforts.”

“As we continue developing our culture of care at UNCG, it is important to understand how economic insecurity is affecting student success, develop systemic strategies to support students, and advocate for additional community supports to help promote student success.  The ICBC cohort provides us the opportunity to learn from experts and work with peer institutions on innovated solutions to meet our students’ needs,” said Dr. Cathy Akens, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

The cohort begins this month and runs through May 2022, with learning modules focused on assessment, support, driving state and federal policy and advocacy, and supporting the basic needs ecosystem. UNCG will be represented by George Still, Director of Assessment for Student Affairs, Dr. Brett Carter, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Suzanne Dellinger, IT Business Intelligence/Data Analyst, Andrew Mails, Director of Spartan Open Pantry, Scott Milman, Associate Vice Chancellor Campus Enterprises, Jared McGuirt, Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, and Jessica Agbemavor, undergraduate Student Assistant for Civic Engagement. Sessions will offer deep analysis of The Hope Center’s research and annual surveys, which are the nation’s largest and longest-standing rigorous assessment of students’ basic needs.

This project is made possible by its member institutions as well as grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and ECMC Foundation.