Basic Needs
Together We Will End Hunger, Malnourishment, and Homelessness

Basic Needs Security Student Coalition

Basic Needs Security Student Coalition

The Student Coalition is a space for student leaders working towards basic needs security to come together and coordinator, collaborate, support, and strategize with one another. The Coalition unifies the student voice (undergraduate and graduate) in basic needs security dialogues and initiatives, representing over 15 independent organizations and offices. 

Basic Needs Coalition Member organizations

ASUC OFFICE OF SENATOR JUNIPERANGELICA CORDOVA

CONTACT: jcordova@asuc.org

ABOUT: The Office of ASUC Senator Cordova is rooted in basic needs organizing, prioritizing community wellness and centering the experiences and needs of marginalized students via the access and resources granted by the ASUC.

BNS EFFORTS: Our office will be working on various basic needs programing, which includes direct services in both housing and food security. This will include supporting the Homeless Student Union in their development of emergency housing options as well as searching for grants that will allow our office to organize and offer community dinners on campus. We will also be focusing on community wellness which includes prioritizing the relationship marginalized students have with the TANG center, working to improve the trust and community engagement with medical services on campus, namely Black/brown, queer/trans students.

ASUC STUDENT ADVOCATE'S OFFICE

CONTACT: advocate@berkeleysao.org

HOURS OF AVAILABILITY/LOCATION: Monday - Friday, 10 am - 5 pm, 412B Eshleman Hall

ABOUT: The ASUC Student Advocate’s Office (SAO) is an executive, non-partisan office of the student government at UC Berkeley. We offer representation, assistance, and advice to any student or student group involved in a dispute with the University. Our caseworkers have experience with a variety of issues including conduct violations, grade disputes, enrollment issues, financial aid problems, establishment of residency, discrimination, and harassment. All assistance is free and confidential.

ASUC OFFICE OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS VICE PRESIDENT

CONTACT: eavp@asuc.org

ABOUT: External Affairs Vice President of the Associated Students of the University of California

FOOD, EQUITY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, & DEVELOPMENT (FEED)

CONTACT: feedberkeley@gmail.com

ABOUT: FEED (Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship & Development) is a club of UC Berkeley undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. We provide consulting services for organizations that share our vision of a socially responsible food system.

ASUC OFFICE OF SENATOR CONNOR HUGHES

CONTACT: cbhughes@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: The official office of ASUC Senator Connor Hughes. One of this office's main priorities has always been student housing and basic needs.

BNS EFFORTS: Lobbying school officials for student housing, working with community partners to find emergency housing, being on campus housing security fee committee. In addition, we are excited to do as much as possible with SNAP registration and Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week!

ASUC OFFICE OF VICENTE ROMAN

CONTACT: vroman@asuc.org

ABOUT: Senator Román is the Latinx community endorsed senator. Along with advocating for the multiple underrepresented communities on campus, our office will specifically work towards representing the Latinx/Chicanx community and FPF (Fall Program for Freshmxn) students in the ASUC senate space as they have been repeatedly left out of student government. Senator Román will also be working on mental health and financial literacy concerns during his term. Our goal is to empower underrepresented students and challenge the bureaucracy of the ASUC within our marginalized communities.

SWIPE OUT HUNGER

CONTACT: hnr@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: Our mission is to fight food insecurity on and off campus through education and initiatives such as facilitating meal point donations, increasing hunger awareness, and providing food insecurity presentations.

REAL ESTATE STUDENT BOARD

CONTACT: dctaylor@berkeley.edu

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS: Raj Bhargava, Katya Yamamoto


The Coalition is a space for student leaders to come together in a way to ensure that each members’ efforts (in their respective organizations/projects) will move toward student basic needs security in a convergent and unified manner. It has brought together a rich and passionate community of basic needs activists and advocates.
— Kelly Archer, Class of 2017, Environmental Engineering Science
The conversation about basic needs must squarely center students. Students understand their own needs; they must also be leaders in addressing those needs. The Berkeley Student Food Collective was founded on a platform of student power, and we are proud to be a part of a Basic Needs Security Coalition that includes, centers, and serves students in the fight to ensure all students have solid foundations for academic success.
— Jeff Noven, Berkeley Student Food Collective

Student organizations interested in contributing to and learning from the Coalition are invited to send 1-2 delegates on their behalf.