Health Equity Coordinator
Joyce Huchin graduated from UC Berkeley in Spring 2021 and has been involved with the Basic Needs Center since their first semester as an undergraduate. Their work is motivated by their own experience as a low-income and first-generation college student from a mixed status family, and the resources from the Basic Needs Center were central to their success as a student. Previously, they served as the ASUC Student Advocate, an elected position that oversees the Student Advocate's Office (SAO). SAO is an executive, non-partisan office that offers free and confidential casework services and resources to students navigating the University. Throughout their time in SAO, Joyce led various basic needs oriented policy projects, including the annual Winter Break Housing project, which provides housing for students who do not have a safe and secure home to go back to during the month-long winter break period when on campus housing closes. They also led the creation, implementation, and management of the Students with Dependents Fund and the SAO Holistic Fund, which provide financial grants to students facing basic needs insecurity while financially supporting a loved one or while they are withdrawn from the University. In their new role, they will further their work in basic needs by building partnerships and programming that support the holistic health and wellbeing of students.