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CCAC South Campus to host Third Annual Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue on January 9

PITTSBURGH—Community College of Allegheny County’s South Campus will host the third Annual Collegiate Basic Needs Dialogue, a one-day conference organized by the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) that focuses on improving services to help students with basic needs. College students and administrators or individuals interested in food insecurity, housing insecurity, risk factors and supportive services related to college students and their academic and life success are invited. The conference will take place on Thursday, January 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include a day of collegiate basic needs workshops, keynote address, lunch and a Q&A session with a panel of college presidents.

The conference will offer innovative workshops and a keynote address that will highlight strategies to help PCHE schools improve higher education in the hope that all students can earn their degree. Keynote speaker Cathe Dykstra, chief possibility officer, CEO & president of Family Scholar House, will deliver an address titled “Family Scholar House: A 2Gen Framework to End Poverty.” Dykstra will explain how the Family Scholar House model is successfully delivering a program that is disrupting the cycle of poverty and transforming the community by empowering families and youth to succeed in education.  

CCAC President Dr. Quintin Bullock will serve on a Q&A panel along with Carlow University President Dr. Suzanne Mellon and Point Park University President Dr. Paul Hennigan.

Workshops will include:

  • financial aid for students with experience in foster care
  • low-income housing options for students (parents and nonparents)
  • grant writing and fundraising for basic needs programs
  • transitioning high school students struggling with basic needs to college
  • intersections of mental health, homelessness, and social and emotional learning programs in high schools
  • how college staff and administrators can advocate for students’ basic needs

Doors open for check-in, networking, tours of the South Campus food pantry and Campus Closet, and a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Check-in will take place in the B4 Lobby, and the program will begin in the Theatre. Tickets are $25 and lunch is included. The event is free to all students. To register, click here.

CCAC South Campus is located at 1750 Clairton Road (Route 885), West Mifflin, PA 15122.