Food insecurity is a real issue that impacts approximately 40% of community college students in Minnesota. We are partnering with the national #RealCollege campaign to bring in policy experts to help us understand ways that we can address food insecurity on college campuses and develop action plans that are created from the ground up.

Students will:

  • Develop a campus-based action plan focusing on food insecurity
  • Learn about food insecurity and how higher education institutions can lessen the burden
  • Participate in a "Shark Tank" component to compete for a grand prize

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founding Director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia. She is also the Chief Strategy Officer for Emergency Aid at Edquity, a student financial success and emergency aid company, and founded Believe in Students, a nonprofit distributing emergency aid.

Sara is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the four 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, the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and the Carnegie Fellowship. In 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics and she is ranked 6th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award, and was featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls Sara “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” an accurate description of her life’s work.

Sara’s hope:  We will fight for a financing system that recognizes the right of every American to a high-quality college education.

Workshops will focus on how to address food insecurity on campus. There are four focus areas to choose. In each focus area workshop, participants and facilitator will work collaboratively to share innovative approaches and develop an action plan for their campus.

Workshop One: Innovative approaches
Workshop Two: Food pantry and mobility
Workshop Three: Emergency funding
Workshop Four: SNAP and social services access

The workshop facilitators are four national experts on food insecurity issues:

Maz LubinMax Lubin is the CEO of Rise, Inc. a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a former Obama Administration appointee at the U.S. Department of Education.




Rachel SumekhRachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is the leading nonprofit in addressing hunger amongst college students. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House and landed her on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.



Shar-day CampellShar-day Campbell is an award-winning communicator and certified social media expert whose gift for storytelling led her to a career in communications, television and public affairs. Recently, she joined Houston Community College (HCC) as the financial aid department’s first communications and social media coordinator.



David HeleneDavid Helene is the Chief Executive Officer of Edquity. After beginning his career in financial services, he started a non-profit provider of college financial capability education for low-income students, which ultimately inspired him to found Edquity.



For questions about this event, contact LeadMN Associate Director Andy Howe at