#RealCollege 2018

Temple University - Howard Gittis Student Center, Philadelphia, PA

September 29 - 30, 2018

#RealCollege: A National Convening on
Food and Housing Insecurity

September 29-30, 2018
Temple University in Philadelphia

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Without sufficient food and a safe place to sleep, college students across the nation are struggling to learn. #RealCollege is the movement to do something about it. Join students, practitioners, policymakers, researchers and activists at the annual #RealCollege convening to develop strategies and take action to secure students’ basic needs. Read last year's convening summary here

This year’s no-frills event will focus on viable programmatic and policy solutions. Come ready to partner with colleagues in order to:

  • Create affordable housing, including for community college students
  • Prevent food insecurity with efforts that go beyond the campus food pantry
  • Shape state and federal policies to improve food and housing resources available to students
  • Address the needs of students returning to college and other older learners
  • Support student-parents, former foster youth, re-entry populations, and undocumented students
  • Integrate mental health practices with basic needs supports

Featuring interactive workshops, multimedia learning opportunities, and plenty of time to network with colleagues, including while celebrating the launch of the new Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, #RealCollege is the place to be. 



Registration is currently closed.

Press Registration (no cost) is still open.


To learn more about our event, including hotels and other logistics, please download our app using the event code "RealCollege2018."



A small block of hotel rooms remain at the Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City in downtown Philadelphia. Special meeting rates have been negotiated from $199-219/night. To proceed with a hotel reservation, access through the following link:

Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City

1301 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 215.765.1129

Group Name: TU Real College
Available Nights: Saturday, September 29th & Sunday, September 30th  

Nightly Rate: $199/night for two nights, $219 for one night
(Guests who need one night should reserve via the phone number above)


The planning committee is also reserving a limited amount of additional rooms for students in need of a lower nightly rate, as well as for guests joining us beyond the dates of the convening. If you are in need of a room under a lower rate or for additional dates beyond the listed blocks, please contact the event coordinator, Alison Bowman, at alison.bowman@temple.edu.



Delta is pleased to offer special discounts for Temple University. Please click here to book your flight.  

You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111 Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. ET and refer to Meeting Event Code: NMSA9. Booking fees are waived for meeting reservations.      


We have also partnered with United Airlines to offer travel discounts to our event. Please click here and enter (Z CODE: ZFEJ AND AGREEMENT CODE: 864796) in the Offer Code box. 

You may also call United Meeting Reservation Desk at 1.800.426.1122 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. ET and Saturday/Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET. Booking fees are waived for meeting reservations.      

Please note that flights must be booked between 9/25/18-10/3/18 in order to receive the discount. 



Nearby parking is available at the Liacouras Garage, 1710 N 15th Street. The lot is publicly available for $18/day.

The planning team holds a limited number of parking passes for guests in financial need. Please contact Alison Bowman at alison.bowman@temple.edu for more information. 


To learn more about our event, please download our app using the event code "RealCollege2018."

If you are interested in funding this year’s event, please email Sara Goldrick-Rab at SGR@temple.edu. If you have other questions about the event, please email the
event organizer, Alison Bowman, at alison.bowman@temple.edu

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