Mary Haskett, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University (NC State) where she directs the Family Studies lab. Her primary area of research is the causes and consequences of family distress on young children's social-emotional development. She also examines college student food and housing insecurity. Dr. Haskett co-founded the NC State Steering Committee on Student Food and Housing Security and led the development of a host home program for local college students. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.
Food and housing insecurity are impacting college and university students at increasingly high rates. According to a 2022 study from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, 38% of students at a two-year college and 29% of students at a four-year college reported experiencing food insecurity in the last 30 days. In a 2022 report from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE), more than a quarter of respondents, approximately 27%, reported experiencing the inability to pay either rent or mortgage in full within the last year. While COVID-19 and the impacts of the pandemic played a role in heightened food and housing insecurity for college and university students, other factors contributed, such as rising costs across the country. While some federal, state, and local resources are available, food and housing insecurity are often overlooked, leaving institutions to take creative approaches to meet the needs of students.
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