2018 Regional Campus Food Insecurity Summit

May 11, 2018
Worcester State University
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

About the Summit

Building on regional campus food insecurity work — 2017 Voices of Hunger on Campus event held at Bunker Hill Community College, as well as meetings on student food insecurity in Connecticut and Rhode Island — CCSNE is co-hosting Voices of Hunger on Campus: Meaningful Change Together with Worcester State University. This year’s Voices of Hunger on Campus summit will bring together campus staff, faculty, and community partners from across the region to share and highlight work on campuses, provide tools and resources, and identify opportunities to collaborate in the work to alleviate food insecurity on campus.

Last year, at Voices of Hunger on Campus at Bunker Hill Community College, participants signed a pledge to continue to raise awareness and promote action around campus food insecurity.

Summit Program

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from each others’ successes, challenges, and strategies for supporting college students facing food insecurity and leave the day with concrete tools and action steps to continue work on their own campus.

This year’s summit will include:


Breakout Sessions

Plenary Action Session

Networking Opportunities

Breakout Session topics will include:

  • Campus Food Pantries
  • SNAP Enrollment
  • Meal Swipe Programs
  • Single Stop/Comprehensive Services
  • Food Recovery
  • Campus Farms
  • Lobbying and Advocacy
  • Campus-Community Collaboration
  • and more!

Speaker Information

Carlos E. Santiago is Commissioner of Higher Education for Massachusetts, appointed to this position by the Board of Higher Education (BHE) in July 2015. Working with the BHE, he is responsible for providing overall direction to public higher education in Massachusetts and helping shape state-level policies that maximize the benefits of higher education to the Commonwealth and its citizens. Santiago joined the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in April 2013 as the Senior Deputy Commissioner for Academic Affairs. His past academic appointments include that of Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (Wisconsin’s second largest research university). He brings over 30 years of experience in public higher education. Santiago also served as provost and chief operating officer at the University at Albany, (SUNY). He was a professor of economics at UWM and SUNY-Albany and holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the two largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and in 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream(University of Chicago, 2016), is an Amazon best-seller and a 2018 winner of the Grawemeyer Award, and has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the New York Review of Books, and CSPAN’s Book TV, among other venues. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” and she is ranked 7thin the nation among education scholars according to Education Week.


Congressman Jim McGovern grew up in Worcester and volunteered on the 1972 presidential campaign of Senator George McGovern (D-SD) – no relation – and held signs and knocked doors for the Senator’s anti-war campaign. Later, he managed Senator McGovern’s second presidential campaign in Massachusetts. Jim attended The American University in Washington, D.C. where he earned both his bachelor’s degree in History (‘81) and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration (‘84).

Jim was elected to the House of Representatives in 1996, and through his work in Washington and at home in Massachusetts, he has been a voice for the most vulnerable and a strong advocate for working families. In 2001, Jim was appointed to a seat on the House Rules Committee, which sets the terms for debate on most legislation. One of Jim’s greatest passions is ending hunger at home and abroad. He is the founder and co-chair of the House Hunger Caucus and Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Nutrition, where he advocates tirelessly for funding programs that help working families, children, and the elderly put food on the table when times are tough.

Clare Cady is a scholar-practitioner whose work rests in the intersection of higher education and human services. She has developed programs to address basic needs insecurities among college students including campus pantries, emergency aid funds, housing interventions, and resource centers. She co-founded and directs the College and University Food Bank Alliance, an organization focused on alleviating student hunger, and is engaged in evidence based programming and evaluation at the HOPE Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Clare’s work has been published in the Journal of College and Character, ACPA’s About Campus, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. When she is not working, Clare can be found at least 10 miles up a trailhead in the wilderness, padding the Instagram account of her dog Echo, or both.

Planning Committee

The 2018 Voices of Hunger on Campus Planning Committee is supported by representatives from:
Bentley University
Bunker Hill Community College
Campus Compact for Southern New England
Central West Justice Center
Holy Cross College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Worcester Food Policy Council
Worcester State University

Directions to Worcester State University

The Conference will take place at Worcester State University in the May Street Building at 280 May Street Worcester, MA 01602.

Parking is available in Lot D and Lot Q, located on either side of the building across May Street and Chandler Street, respectively. Click here for an annotated campus map.