Emily Brunjes Colo

Assistant Researcher, Wisconsin HOPE Lab, University of Wisconsin-Madison

About Emily

Colo’s work focuses on economic and social mobility. Her current research is related to affordability and success in higher education, especially among low-income and minority students. Colo is also active in efforts to address racial inequities in her local community of Madison, WI, through the Justified Anger initiative.


Why the Time is Right to Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education

    Sara Goldrick-Rab
  • Emily Brunjes Colo


"Food and Housing Insecurity among Wisconsin College Students," (with Minhtuyen Mai), American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C., April 1, 2016.

Provides an introduction to issues of food insecurity among postsecondary students with data from 2009 and 2015 surveys of Wisconsin undergraduates.

"What We’re Learning: Student Time Use," (with HOPE Lab colleagues), Wisconsin HOPE Lab, March 9, 2016.

Outlines survey results from undergraduates in Wisconsin about how they spend their time. This brief also introduces the novel cell phone-based survey data collection method used.

"Expand the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education," (with Sara Goldrick-Rab and Katharine Broton), Wisconsin HOPE Lab, April 13, 2016.

Argues that low-income college students who suffer from food insecurity would largely benefit from expansions in this program, which currently covers only K-12 students, to pay for or subsidize meals. Combating food insecurity at the college level would increase graduation rates and make two and four-year college tuition more affordable.

"What We’re Learning: Food and Housing Insecurity among College Students," (with HOPE Lab colleagues), Wisconsin HOPE Lab, January 13, 2016.

Provides preliminary data about difficulties securing adequate food and housing among Wisconsin undergraduates from a 2015 survey of first-year college students.