On February 24, Community Engagement Professionals Network (CEPN) members from Rhode Island and Connecticut institutions convened at Middlesex Community College for a discussion around the theme of Activating Civic Engagement to Address Campus Hunger.
More than 20 colleges and university participated to learn more about the need facing our students, share information about working models and best practices, and discuss ideas on partner across the region. A comprehensive list of research and resources can be accessed here.
Following a campus share out of programs and initiatives happening in our region, Bernie Beaudreau, the CEO of Connecticut Food Bank, moderated a panel of staff and faculty who are working to address hunger among their students. Bernie shared his reflection on the conversation.” The session gave me new perspective on this growing concern in higher education: that many college students, stressed with high costs of tuition, housing, health care and food, are going hungry.” To continue reading Bernie’s blog on the ways in which community organizations can partner with campus professionals to address hunger on campus, click here.
The Community Engagement Professionals Network (CEPN) is a community of practice for the faculty and staff who are responsible for administrating a community engagement program, office, or initiative on their campus. Through networking, professional development, peer coaching, and sharing best practices, CEPN enhances members’ capacities to advance community engagement on their campus and throughout the state. For more information on the network, and to participate in the upcoming spring meeting, visit our CEPN page.