Squeezed on All Sides: Economic Pressures Facing Berkeley Students

Squeezed on All Sides: Economic Pressures Facing Berkeley Students | Teaching in Troubled Times

October 26, 2018, 11:00am to 1:00pm
Intended audience: 
Academic Support Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students

According to a July 2017 nation-wide report, 60 percent or more of the total cost of attending a college or university comes from expenses other than tuition, and the cost of living for college students has increased by more than 80 percent over the past 40 years.

In a high-cost area such as Berkeley, affordability is especially acute and impacts many aspects of students' lives beyond the financial: housing and food insecurity, commute time, mental and emotional health, the ability to pay for course materials, working for money vs. doing research or taking on an internship, time for degree completion, and more. 

How do we address issues of equity and inclusion in light of these challenges—both in our classrooms and on campus in general? 

Hear from faculty and staff who are working to help address and alleviate these issues. Learn about campus resources, and join in a discussion about what we, as individuals and as a campus, can and should do.


  • Kristina Hill, College of Environmental Design
  • Jovan Scott-Lewis, Geography and African American Studies
  • Rachael Samberg, Library Scholarly Communications
  • Michelle Thomas, Basic Needs Security Committee

This program is part of an ongoing discussion series exploring issues of equity and inclusion in teaching and learning.

Complimentary lunch will be served following the discussion. Kindly RSVP by October 23 so we can plan accordingly.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on October 25, 2018 - 5:00pm.

Series description

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion.