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Basic needs insecurity topic of 2019 AAWCC Day of Dialogue


The Basic Needs Resource Fair runs from 10-2.
The Basic Needs Resource Fair runs from 10-2.

Barriers to Student Success is the focus of a Basic Needs Insecurities Fair and the Mott Community College American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) Day of Dialogue 2019 on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The day-long event will explore and address the impact of basic needs on persistence and completion, including food insecurity, homelessness, and other basic needs deficits facing MCC students and offer information to students and the public through a Basic Needs Resources Fair on campus. Hosting the Basic Needs Insecurities Resource Fair are MCC’s Students Success Services, Early Childhood Learning Center, Workforce and Economic Development and the AAWCC. Additionally, the AAWCC is also hosting a women’s hygiene drive for MCC students.

Jason Wilson, Vice President of Student Success Services, will lead a town hall-style discussion about the services MCC offers students, in the Bear Bistro at noon, hosted by the MCC AAWCC. The AAWCC will also survey students about the challenges or barriers they face in reaching their educational/career goals during the town hall discussion.

“Students often face challenges in their educational journey, we want to empower them to overcome the barriers they face and help them achieve their educational and career goals. This day is just one way we are trying to reach out to our students and give them the tools to be successful,” said Wilson.

The Basic Needs Resource Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Curtice-Mott building on the main campus in Flint. “Our students face a variety of challenges and barriers to completing their educational goals,” said Katie Kiacz, Academic Success Specialist in Counseling and Student Development. “We wanted to address this by hosting the Basic Needs Resource Fair to showcase both on-campus and off-campus support services available to our students,” she said. The Fair features MCC departments and community partners, including:
• Financial Aid
• Early Childhood Learning Center
• Early Childhood Student Club
• Workforce and Economic Development
• Counseling and Student Development
• Health Sciences Department
• Student and Employee Emergency Funds
• Book Loans and More
• Greater Flint Health Coalition
• Greater Flint Outreach Center
• Genesee Health Plant
• Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
• Planned Parenthood
• Food Bank of Eastern Michigan
• Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee County
• Shelter of Flint
• Genesee County Community Action Resource Department GCCARD

The Basic Needs Resource Fair is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Fair contact Katie Kiacz at (810) 762-0423. For more information about the Day of Dialogue contact Dr. Sounya Walker at 762-0535.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

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