Every March, AAWCC organizes its annual Day of Dialogue to encourage chapters to engage in thoughtful conversation about issues impacting women attending and working at community colleges. AAWCC develops a theme and toolkit, and chapters develop programming to complement the theme. While called Day of Dialogue, chapter programming takes place throughout the month of March.  

The theme for 2018 is basic needs insecurities. The best tool for crafting thoughtful discussion within the chapter and across campuses is the discussion toolkit, which is available for download. Consider these topical questions for dialogue: 

  • In addition to paying tuition and fees, many students struggle to meet the cost of student housing, food, transportation, and other basic needs. What is happening on your campus? How is it being handled?
  • How does hunger, homelessness and food insecurity impact recruitment, retention and completion of students?
  • What has been done or is being done at your institution to help students overcome these challenges and persist?
  • How does the challenge of basic needs insecurities impact faculty and staff at community colleges?
AAWCC has also developed a document that serves as a valuable planning guide for chapters for the Day of Dialogue. Use the document as a checklist as what to consider when bringing members together for thoughtful conversation, a program, or a day of service. 

If chapters choose to develop service projects to examine basic needs insecurities, remember projects can be either student-driven or employee-driven. Among the ideas for service projects are:
  • Create a list of resources that address basic needs
  • Create and establish a campus food pantry
  • Hold a food drive to restock campus food pantries
  • Where campus pantries exist, document the impact of food accessibility on students and employees
  • Make small bags filled with toiletries to give away to students in need
  • Develop warming centers to help homeless students during below freezing temperature days

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