First Advisor

Lynne C. Messer

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in International & Global Studies: International Development and University Honors


International and Global Studies


Food security, College students -- Economic conditions, College students -- Social conditions, Hunger -- United States, Food banks, Portland State University -- Students -- Case studies




This research evaluates the role of food insecurity at universities through an examination of hunger in the U.S., a collection of academic and organizational research on hunger at universities across multiple states, and finally through the results of a survey, conducted by the researcher, that assesses the causes of food insecurity at Portland State University. By analyzing the results of this survey, university-specific factors that contribute to student food insecurity are identified, as well as solutions which could prevent those factors from manifesting in the future. Based on this analysis, this research also explores how data entry systems can be adjusted to address and track these factors, and any subsequently implemented solutions, in order to constantly progress our understanding of university hunger and encourage holistic approaches amongst decision-makers.


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