College Housing Investments Must Factor in Student Parent Needs

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Commentary Illuminates How Family-Friendly Housing Can Boost College Success for Student Parents

EdSource recently published an op-ed by Kenya Abner, California Competes summer fellow and current graduate student at Sacramento State, where she shares how her family’s education and career successes were made possible through access to family-friendly student housing. She calls for the recent investments in student housing to incorporate the needs of today’s prospective students, the majority of whom are raising children.

“If policymakers, institutions and education leaders factor student parents’ needs into the planning, design and development of [student housing], I know their investment will pay off in shared prosperity for the community and future generations, just as our investment in higher education did for mine.”

9/29 Virtual Roundtable on Student Housing to Discuss a Path Forward

For many Californians like Kenya, issues of housing insecurity and homelessness create huge barriers to credential/degree completion. Join us on Thursday, September 29 at the EdSource roundtable to discuss how California policymakers and partners can collectively address the student housing crisis.

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