Experiences of Hunger and Food Insecurity in College
Monday, November 9, 2020
4:30 to 6:00 pm
Dr. Henry will focus on the self-reflective meanings and experiences of food insecurity from the perspective of college students experiencing it. Through ethnographic analysis of 92 qualitative interviews, her work explores the profiles of food insecure students, the impact of childhood food insecurity, and coping strategies while financially insecure. Students highlight issues of stigma and shame; the physical consequences of hunger and poor nutrition; the associations between mental health and nutrition; the academic sacrifices and motivations to finish their degree in light of food insecurity; and the potential for raising awareness on campus through university engagement. Dr. Henry will conclude the talk with a discussion of solutions—existing solutions to alleviate food insecurity, student-led suggestions for additional resources, solutions in place at other universities that serve as potential models for similar campuses—and efforts to change federal policy.