The National League of Cities (NLC)’s Cities Addressing the Basic Needs of Postsecondary Students initiative is focused on improving equity for low-income students and students of color and to position postsecondary completion as a formidable strategy to increase pathways out of poverty and workforce success.

Join this information call to learn more about the launch of a new Community of Practice cohort for 12 select city teams to help cities work with key partners in their community including postsecondary institutions, employers and other partners to remove barriers to basic needs by:

  • Developing greater awareness regarding the basic needs gaps of your city’s postsecondary students;
  • Developing a vision, goals and an action plan;
  • Engaging key partners to achieve your goals;
  • Using data to understand your local challenges and to inform your strategies;
  • Learning from peer cities tackling similar issues, including from cities in the 2019 and 2020 cohorts;
  • Documenting and sharing best practices and lessons learned;
  • Solving locally defined problems related to students’ unmet basic needs; and;
  • Becoming a champion and voice for municipal leadership to address postsecondary basic needs.

Apply today

Only one application per city will be considered and must be received with the full support of the mayor and/or city manager and at least one post secondary institution leader.