Carolyn Hsieh - Food Pantry Operations Coordinator
Caroline, originally from Los Gatos, California, is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in Dietetics. Her favorite funny Youtube video is “Loca the Pug” and when she is looking for inspiration, her go to Youtube video is “Never give up!” Carolyn believes that everyone should have the right to healthy food--food is nourishment, food is energy, food is an integral part of our identities and everyone should have access to food that fuels them. Her favorite quote is “When your heart speaks, take good notes” and her heart has definitely been loud in all her Basic Needs Efforts.
Emily Altman - Global Food Initiative Fellow
Emily, originally from Greensboro, North Carolina, is a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying Public Health Nutrition. Her favorite funny Youtube video is "Ziggy the Traveling Piggy" and when she is looking for inspiration, her go to Youtube video is "Brene Brown's Ted Talk" on vulnerability. Her purpose in the Food Pantry reflects the idea that "Food is a fundamental human right, and everyone should have access to and be able to connect over nutritious, delicious food. Emily's efforts with Basic Needs shine light to a quote her dad always said, "Say little, do much"
Esteban Valesquez - Finance Coordinator
Esteban, originally from Oxnard, California, is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Business Administration. His favorite funny Youtube video is “Cooper Loves Ice Cream” and when he is looking for inspiration, his go to Youtube video is “How Bad Do You Want It.” Esteban’s efforts in Basic Needs stem from that fact that the communities he lived in helped him immensely and now he feels honored to help those same communities. His go to quote is “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting” said by Paulo Coelho.
Hafsa Khalid - Funds/Resource Development Coordinator
Hafsa, originally from Los Angeles, California, is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley majoring in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy. Her favorite funny Youtube video is “Kevin Hart at his best!” and when she is looking for inspiration, her go to is a Ted Talk by Amy Cuddy. Hafsa’s efforts in the Basic Needs Security Committee reflect her purpose statement, “I want to change the way we look at health. Every health issue whether it is food insecurity or homelessness, is due to numerous social epidemiological factors. I want to implement a holistic approach to solving basic needs disparities, something no student or individual should have to face.” Her go to quote is “I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream” by Vincent Van Gogh.
Hajar Larbah - Community Engagement Coordinator
Hajar, originally from Irvine, California, is an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley studying Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology with an emphasis in Physiology and Metabolism. Her favorite funny Youtube video is “Batman Did It” and when she is looking for inspiration, her go to is “Charlie Chaplin's Great Dictator Speech.” Hajar’s role in the Basic Needs Security Committee reflects her purpose statement, “Food has the power to bring people together and at UC Berkeley, this is my opportunity to be a part of those efforts in creating a community that is not only food secure but basic needs secure. Her go to quote is “I’m on a rollercoaster ride that only goes up, my friend” by Ansel Elgort.
Ruben E. Canedo - UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee Chair
Ruben, originally from the border cities of Calexico & Mexicali, serves as the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee Chair. His favorite funny YouTube video is "Tommie Proposed to Milli" and when he is looking for inspiration, his YouTube video is "Awakened Man." Ruben believes in korima, the Tarahumara philosophy of helping one another today, so we may help the future generations better. Basic Needs Security helps us care for the health & wellness of our students, in turn allowing them to thrive academically, professionally, and politically.