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Tuesday, October 10 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Food insecurity and campus climate: University development of needed resources (45 mins)

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Campus climate research examines the experiences of our students within the university community: How do they “feel” on campus? This includes feelings of safety, and respectful engagement, along with belonging and opportunity. Extant literature on campus climate suggests that minority students have less favorable perceptions of campus climate as compared to their majority counterparts. Campus climate is an integral topic for many reasons, in particular because positive perceptions of campus climate may be associated with higher academic engagement, GPA, and retention and graduation rates.

This project examined food insecurity through a campus climate lens. Food insecurity on college campuses is a substantial problem that has received increased attention over the past few years. The existing literature suggests that food insecurity among college students is more prevalent than among the general U.S. population (14.5%). There is a dearth of literature to date that has focused on the relationship between food insecurity and campus climate, and this connection is especially important given the necessary social justice focus on inclusiveness within higher education. [food pantry] was established in 2014 in order to address food insecurity, and thus access to higher education among a diverse student community.  

This presentation will focus on the development and implementation of our campus climate study. In addition, this presentation will present an overview of food insecurity, as related to diversity and inclusiveness within our campus communities. Finally, we will describe our integration of community exploration, research, and social action projects.


Caroline Macke

Northern Kentucky University

Jessica Taylor

Assistant Professor, Northern Kentucky University

Tuesday October 10, 2017 1:45pm - 2:30pm MDT
Colorado A