Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Wisconsin Hope Lab whose mission is to publicize the challenge of college food and housing insecurity and ways to fix it, will speak at North Shore Community College’s Lynn Campus Tuesday.
A professor and author of “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream,”
Goldrick-Rab was ranked the 10th most influential U.S. educational policy scholar by Education Week this year.
The event, in Community Board Room from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m, is part of the Wharton Club of Boston’s “Wharton in Action: Higher Education Inequality and Affordability” hosted by NSCC President Patricia Gentile.
Last year, the college administered a survey on hunger and homelessness which revealed nearly 70 percent of its students are struggling with food and housing insecurity. A third of students said they sometimes go without food, and 20 percent said they do not have permanent homes, higher ratings than seen nationally. Respondents who attend classes at the Lynn campus had a higher rate of food insecurity.
“We were quite shocked and disturbed by these findings and immediately began investigating potential solutions,” said Gentile in a statement. “Students cannot study or achieve academic success if they are hungry or homeless.”
The school explored potential solutions and this fall launched, in partnership with the Greater Boston Food Bank, the Open Door and Beverly Bootstraps, which began offering monthly mobile food markets on the Danvers and Lynn campuses.
Nearly 400 people signed up to participate.