Basic needs insecurity, available resources highlighted in new video

A 2021 study from the University of Hawaii Student Basic Needs Insecurity found that 58% of respondents experienced at least one form of basic needs insecurity in the previous 12 months. Basic needs include food and shelter, child care, mental health, financial resources and transportation, among others. Additionally, 58% of students who experienced basic insecurity needs did not seek support on campus because they did not know how to deal with it.

To help support uh students from across the state uh The Basic Student Needs Committee has produced the first-ever Basic Student Needs Awareness video to highlight the resources available. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to share this video and related information widely. Securing students’ basic needs is essential to ensuring good academic performance, persistence, graduation, and overall student well-being.

“Anyone insecure about basic needs or who knows someone with these needs is encouraged to visit the uh The Student Basic Needs website, which provides students with easy access to basic needs resources at the campus level,” said Rainbow Uliʻi, uh Student Basic Needs Coordinator.

In addition, the use of the search engine on the site allows anyone with a uh username and password to access resources at the community, state and federal level. Previously recorded webinars that make navigating these resources easier can also be found on the website.

Recent studies show that many American college students experience some form of food insecurity or other basic needs, and that these conditions have been exacerbated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The uh The Student Basic Needs Committee is committed to ensuring that the basic needs of all uh students are met. The launch of the uh The Basic Needs website in 2021 was followed by the release of the very first uh Master plan for the basic needs of students in the system in 2022.

A key recommendation from the uh The Master Plan for the Basic Student Needs System was to produce public education and awareness materials and events to help raise awareness of the issue of basic needs insecurity and de-stigmatize students who have access to support for basic needs. The uh The Student Basic Needs Committee plans to continue these outreach efforts by creating another video that will help guide students through the Finding Help and uh Website on the basic needs of students in the near future.

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