sparkpoint logo-01SparkPoint at Skyline College has been selected by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) to participate in an upcoming webinar titled California College/University Basic Needs: Context, Data, and Effective Models, part of NASPA’s NorCal Meaningful Conversations Virtual Roundtable series. This event will host three top leaders from the Community College, California State University, and University of California sister systems as they lead a conversation with the aim of deepening our understanding of the factors that produce hunger and homelessness, data on student basic needs, and effective strategies from each system.

The presenters include:

Chad Thompson: Chad serves as the Director of SparkPoint and Career Services at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, where he leads services including financial coaching, career counseling, public benefits support, food pantry support and community resource connection. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Film Studies from Claremont McKenna College and an MBA from the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. Chad has a passion for financial literacy and student success and works toward creating positive change in the community.

Ruben E. Canedo: Ruben serves dual roles in the Basic Needs world. At the campus level, Ruben serves as Chair of the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee. At the UC system level, Ruben serves as the Co-Chair of the UC System Basic Needs Committee. Ruben is an alumnus of UC Berkeley with degrees in Ethnic Studies and Social Welfare. His graduate research focused on intersectionality, higher education policy, holistic equity services, and the politics of leadership decision-making.

Ravin Craig: Ravin is the Health Educator for Humboldt State University (HSU). Ravin has a Bachelor’s in Political Science and Multicultural Queer Studies, as well as a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences with a focus on college community health communication. Ravin runs HSU’s on campus food pantry Oh SNAP Student Food Programs and the HSU Peer Health Education Program. She has a passion for food sovereignty and justice-minded health education.

If you are interested in learning more about the basic needs issues facing students in higher education and the leading strategies in addressing them, please register at the link below and join us on September 5th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm PST.


Join the webinar at:

  • Call in: 1 (877) 369 0926 or 1 (877) 853 5247
  • Meeting ID: 549 833 525

If you have any questions, please contact Chad Thompson at

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