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Hernandez's research on leadership and higher education focuses on leadership in Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) in general and on Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in particular. He has conducted research on and written about material hardship (e.g., housing and food insecurity) in higher education and is currently writing a book on Critical Transformation Leadership. Hernandez is an award-winning researcher and college instructor and has received a research award from The National Academy of Education (NaEd)/Spencer Foundation.
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Discusses exploration of Basic Needs Insecurity on the College Campus.
Assesses food and housing insecurity among community college students. Bases results of a survey of more than 33,000 students at 70 community colleges in 24 states--the broadest survey of its kind--that describes the extent to which students are adversely affected by unmet basic needs while pursuing higher education
Finds 36% of university students reported being food insecure in the 30 days preceding the survey compared with 42% of community college students. Shows similarly, 36% of university students reported being housing insecure in the last year compared with 51% of community college students. Homelessness was 9% versus 12%. Contends these findings indicate unmet basic needs disproportionately affect marginalized students who often work long hours in addition to academic workloads.