Hunger in Higher Ed: An Exhibit in the Tioga Library Building

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Food insecurity is a barrier to success.

The UW Tacoma Library is delighted to announce that there is a new exhibit up in the Tioga Library Building, one of our two library buildings.  Entitled “Hunger in Higher Ed”, this display draws attention to the issue of food insecurity on US college campuses.

According to a recent New York Times article,

[A]n estimated half of all college students struggle with food insecurity, even at elite flagship universities like the University of California, Berkeley, and selective private schools like Northwestern University.  Former foster youth, L.G.B.T.Q. students, and students of color are at substantially increased risk. Food insecurity is linked to lower graduation rates.

Here at UW Tacoma, the issue of food insecurity has long caught the eye of Dr. Christine Stevens, associate professor in the UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare programs.  Her research focuses on social justice and how structural disadvantages affect health especially in low-income residents and adolescent populations focusing on housing and food insecurity. In 2013, Stevens noted that over a third of the UW Tacoma student body faced “food insecurity,” as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Food insecurity is a huge barrier to success.  This exhibit aims to inform the campus about current issues facing our community, aims to connect people to tangible resources at a time of need, and aims to highlight academic avenue of research, grounded in our digital collections and books.  

The UW Tacoma Library is also putting up a collection bin from The Pantry, part of The Center for Equity and inclusion, which exists to provide supplemental, nutritional, and culturally relevant food as well as hygiene items to all UWT students on campus. The bin will be located in the Tioga Library right next to the exhibit, so please feel free to drop off non-perishables. 

Written by: 
Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman / September 13, 2018
Photos by: 
Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman
Media contact: 

Johanna Jacobsen Kiciman, Reference and Instruction Librarian.