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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. 

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Basic Needs Coalition Member Organizations 2018/19

UC Berkeley Basic Needs Security Committee (Chairing Organization)

CONTACT: saratsai112@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: UC Berkeley's Basic Needs Security Committee is made up of undergraduate, graduate student, professional staff, faculty, administrators, and community experts. Areas of focus include basic needs security research, structural engagement, preventative institutional model, and advocacy on the local, state, and national levels. BNS runs the Berkeley Food Pantry, CalFRESH Clinics, BNS Coalition, among other efforts. Students have the opportunity to do hands-on, direct, impactful work through volunteer and internship opportunities.  


 

UC Berkeley CalFRESH Team

CONTACT: vspadda@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: CalFresh, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can help you stretch your monthly budget! CalFresh aims to promote the health and well-being of students by providing food dollars each month to buy foods like fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and so much more at your local grocery stores and farmers markets!


 

UC Berkeley Food Pantry

CONTACT: stellazhu@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is a direct response to the need among the student population for more resources to fight food insecurity––the lack of nutritious food. With rising fees, textbook costs, and living expenses, it has become increasingly difficult for students to juggle the costs of living with the costs of obtaining a university degree, and thus many students are finding themselves choosing between essentials such as food and the costs of college. The UC Berkeley Food Pantry was established to provide emergency relief to help students continue on to successfully complete and obtain their degrees from the University of California. It is a part of the campus-wide food security efforts.

 

Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development (FEED)

CONTACT: regina.kim@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: Food, Equity, Entrepreneurship, & Development (FEED) is a food justice consulting student organization. We generate answers to business-oriented questions for businesses that we believe are working to improve the food system. We create meaningful research projects designed to provide our clients with useful advice. Then, a team of carefully-selected students completes the project over the course of a semester.

https://www.facebook.com/feedberkeley/

https://feedberkeley.wordpress.com/about/

 

ASUC Office of the President

CONTACT: cwierschem@berkeley.edu

ASUC Office of the Executive Affairs Vice President

CONTACT: camrynwood@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: The UC Berkeley Food Pantry is a direct response to the need among the student population for more resources to fight food insecurity––the lack of nutritious food. With rising fees, textbook costs, and living expenses, it has become increasingly difficult for students to juggle the costs of living with the costs of obtaining a university degree, and thus many students are finding themselves choosing between essentials such as food and the costs of college. The UC Berkeley Food Pantry was established to provide emergency relief to help students continue on to successfully complete and obtain their degrees from the University of California. It is a part of the campus-wide food security efforts.

 

ASUC Office of the Academic Affairs Vice President

CONTACT: whitneylau@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: The AAVP manages students’ relationship with the academic senate and campus faculty. This includes appointing students to academic senate and other campus committees, regularly meeting with campus officials who oversee undergraduate academic initiatives, and managing the distribution of ASUC scholarships and grants.

 

ASUC Office of Senator Regina Kim

CONTACT: rkim@asuc.org

ABOUT: The Office of Senator Regina Kim seeks to address basic needs security through an interdisciplinary lens. We believe that increased transparency and advocacy surrounding basic needs access is essential to the wellness and holistic success of our vibrant campus  community. Find out more about our office at reginakim.me
https://www.facebook.com/ASUCSenatorKim/
https://www.reginakim.me/

 

ASUC Office of Senator Amir Wright

CONTACT: carroll6@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: Senator Wright was elected to represent the Black/Afrikan community here at UC Berkeley. By acknowledging his own history, the history of this university, and the history of this nation, Amir and this office will aim to support this community and many others that are left to suffer in the margins by working on issues relating to UCPD, financial aid, and housing security. In this way, UC Berkeley students can feel supported, stress-free, and heard. The office will be organized into 4 departments with associates and interns respectively for each.

Learn more about our office structure here: https://tinyurl.com/SenatorWrightOfficeStructure

 

ASUC Office of Senator Anna Whitney

CONTACT: awhitney@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: We are an ASUC Senate Office that works to find sustainable solutions that promote student and community wellbeing

 

Student Nutrition Advocacy Club (SNAC)

CONTACT: alexatruong13@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: The UC Berkeley Students Nutrition Advocacy Club (SNAC) is a student led organization that works to promote nutritional awareness on the UCB campus. Comprised mostly of dietetic students, SNAC is a resource for students interested in becoming registered dietitians. We provide information on volunteer and job opportunities, networking events, academic assistance and more! If you are interested in joining SNAC stop by one of our meetings (TBD).

 

CalPIRG

CONTACT: pjurney@calpirgstudents.org

ABOUT: We are a student directed non-profit grassroots organization working to fight for the public interest.

 

More Student Housing Now

CONTACT: davyingx@berkeley.edu

ABOUT: More Student Housing Now seeks the development, passage, and implementation of policies at the city, university, and state level that will ensure housing is affordable, accessible, and stable for all students and Berkeleyans. To this end, we advocate for policy reforms that will enable the construction of more housing for students around the UC Berkeley campus, strengthening protections for renters, and new revenue sources to support students with low to moderate incomes.

 

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.