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Nyunt, Gudrun

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Food insecurity is more prevalent on college campuses than nationwide, though many assume it is not an issue. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore the experiences of students with food insecurities at a small, liberal arts college. This study particularly focuses on how the liberal arts context influences the experiences of students with food insecurities. Data was collected through interviews, observations, and document analysis and analyzed through a single qualitative case study. Five themes emerged from the research: a) the perceptions of students as well-off created unique barriers; b) student participants had limited access to food and resources, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic; c) participants may not take advantage of on-campus resources due to the lack of awareness or hesitation to use the resources; d) food insecurity influenced students’ peer relationships at the institution, and e) faculty and staff played an important role in providing awareness of and access to resources. Implications for further research are discussed.


131 pages




Northern Illinois University

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