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Ashley Lukashevsky

Welcome to the Basic Needs Center!

We support with all the essential resources needed to not only survive, but thrive here at UC Berkeley. Whether you’re a graduate student, undergraduate student, staff, or faculty, our mission is to support you as we work together towards justice and belonging for all.

What are Basic Needs (BN)?

We define Basic Needs as the essential resources that impact your holistic health, belonging, persistence, and overall well-being. It is an interconnected ecosystem that includes:

  • Nutritious Food
  • Stable Housing
  • Hygiene
  • Transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Mental Wellness
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Sleep
  • Emergency Needs for Students with Dependents

As such, we refuse to accept hunger, homelessness, and all other basic needs injustices as part of our university and community.

We believe in basic needs justice for all.