Envisioning Hunger-Free College in New Jersey Innovative Approaches to Addressing Food Insecurity Virtual Conference

Free Virtual Conference

February 10th

2 PM - 4 PM


February 11th

9 AM - 11:30 AM

Please join us for a free virtual conference focused on addressing student food insecurity at New Jersey colleges and universities. We will highlight innovative programming at institutions across the state and discuss how to move our campuses toward becoming hunger free.

Attendance is free.

Students welcome!

Featured Remarks From


Governor Phil Murphy

Governor of The State University of New Jersey

Photo of Rutgers President, Jonathan Holloway

President Jonathan Holloway

President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Secretary Brian Bridges

Secretary of Higher Education for the State of New Jersey (OSHE)

Keynote Speaker


Rashida Crutchfield, EdD, MSW

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach and Executive Director, Center for Equitable Higher Education to Study and Promote Economic, Food, and Housing Justice

Title: A Social Justice Approach to Addressing Basic Needs Insecurity: Reimagining the Transformative Possibility of Holistic Higher Education

Dr. Rashida Crutchfield is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach. She earned a Master of Social Work at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from CSULB. She worked for the National Conference for Community and Justice in Long Beach and the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri before serving on the Covenant House California staff. Experience at this Los Angeles shelter for 18-to-24-year-olds experiencing homelessness gave her insight into practice, building rapport and intervention with this population’s strengths, needs and perspectives. Dr. Crutchfield has been a faculty member in the CSULB School of Social Work since 2007 as field faculty and lecturer. She began as an assistant professor in 2014 with a focus on practice and research in youth homelessness, access to higher education, social and economic development, and social work community practice. She was the Principal Investigator for Phase I of the CSU Chancellor’s study on food and housing security, and Co-Principal Investigator for phases II and III. These studies are the largest of their kind.

Learn more about Dr. Rashida Crutchfield


Craig J. Coughlin

Speaker, NJ General Assembly

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Jacob Farbman

Executive Director, New Jersey Center for Student Success at the New Jersey Council of County Colleges

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Suchir Govindarajan

Special Assistant & Policy Analyst, New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

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Nicole Kirgan

Director of Communications, New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education

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Photo of Adele LatouretteAdele LaTourette

Director, Hunger-Free New Jersey

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Photo of Elisa I. NeiraElisa I. Neira

Deputy Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Human Services

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Alison Noone

Director of Student Support Services, Ocean County College

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Victoria Price

Learning Specialist, The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

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Carla Vitola

Community Care Coordinator, Kean Wellness Center

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Jennifer Wiseman

Family Nurse Practitioner, Rutgers Student Health. 

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Thursday – February 10th | 2 P.M. – 4 P.M.

A Social Justice Approach to Addressing Basic Needs Insecurity

    • 2:00 P.M. – Welcome from  President Holloway and Governor Murphy
    • 2:20 P.M. – Keynote: Dr. Rashida Crutchfield, A Social Justice Approach to Addressing Basic Needs Insecurity: Reimagining the Transformative Possibility of Holistic Higher Education 
    • 3:00 P.M. – Q&A and small group discussions
    • 3:55 P.M. – Closing remarks

Friday – February 11th | 9 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.

Moving NJ forward: Next steps for NJ

      • 9:00 A.M. – Welcome
      • 9:10 A.M. – Remarks from NJ Secretary of Higher Education
      • 9:15 A.M. – Panel 1: Policy & Advocacy Panel
      • 10:15 A.M. – Panel 2: Innovative Programming and Practices in NJ
      • 11:00 A.M. – Small group discussions
      • 11:25 A.M. – Closing remarks

Conference Organizing Team

  • Barbara Blackwell, Program Coordinator, Off-Campus & Community Initiatives
  • Stephanie Brescia, Assistant Professor of Practice, School of Education.
  • Hend El Buri, Director, Nutrition and Food Pantry, Rutgers University-Newark
  • Cara Cuite, Assistant Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and Department of Human Ecology
  • Samantha DeMarse, M.Ed. Candidate for College Student Affairs at Rutgers University, Graduate Coordinator Intern
  • Judith Keller, Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Anne Newman, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students
  • Lisa Pitz, Outreach Director, Hunger Free New Jersey
  • Kerri Willson, Associate Dean of Students/Director of Off-Campus & Community Initiatives

This meeting is being supported by the NJ Office of the Secretary of Higher Education through a Hunger-Free Campus Grant to Rutgers-New Brunswick, Principal Investigator: Cara Cuite. For more information, please email hungerfreecampus@echo.rutgers.edu