Department of Educational Administration



Crystal Eufemia Garcia

Date of this Version



Garcia, C. E. (2022). Conversations about food insecurity: Examining college campus climates. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. Online first publication. doi: 10.1177/15210251221124244


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This qualitative critical narrative inquiry study explored the experiences of 19 students within four universities in a single Southern state that used campus food aid resources such as a food pantry. Using Hurtado et al.’s Multicontextual Model for Diverse Learning Environments (MMDLE), this paper sheds light on how participants discussed the campus climate for students experiencing food insecurity within their respective campuses. Findings unpack students’ reflections on a lack of awareness and discussion about food insecurity and food aid resources within the campus community, the role that stigmas played in participants’ perceptions and use of campus food aid resources, and doubts they had in accessing these resources. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.