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Council to discuss impacts of basic needs insecurity on college students

May 17, 2022

Olympia—At its May 24 meeting, the Washington Student Achievement Council will discuss the critical barrier of basic needs insecurity in undermining postsecondary success. Many students face significant challenges to basic needs, including housing and food insecurity and lack of access to healthcare and childcare, with disproportionate impacts on students of color and LGBT+, first generation, parenting and veteran students.

The council will also hear an update on the new Regional Challenge Grant program, which will award grants to regional partnerships between community organizations, higher education institutions and K-12 to increase direct postsecondary enrollment and close equity gaps. Also on the agenda is an overview of higher education funding and affordability in Washington in comparison to other western states.

The meeting will take place at University Y Student Center in Tacoma on May 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Public comment will begin at 12:15 p.m. A hybrid option is also available, with online registration required to attend via Zoom.

  • All meeting materials will be available online on the day of the meeting.
  • The public will have opportunities to comment during the meeting. Those who plan to attend virtually should register on Zoom prior. 
  • Read the Washington Student Achievement Council's equity statement