Protecting Our Most Vulnerable

Our community colleges serve some of the most vulnerable students in all of California. Before the pandemic, 1 in 8 students were homeless and over half were housing insecure. Today, these circumstances have only been exacerbated. Over a decade of working with low-income students both in the classroom and through my non-profit, I understand that students cannot take full advantage of an education if their basic needs are not being met. More resources must be allocated to trauma and mental health counseling and basic needs for our most vulnerable students. We must increase support for those who are housing and/or food insecure, foster youth, Dreamers, and undocumented students.

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