Kiyoko Thomas (she/they)

Job title: 
Basic Needs Center Director
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Why Basic Needs? 

My journey has always guided me towards work that is rooted in justice, transformation and healing.  Improving the health outcomes of individuals and communities by way of building relationships and lifting the collective voices of communities is at the core of my value system as these issues are connected to larger issues of social justice.  My past and current experiences as a social work professional for the past 12 years has been in the juvenile justice and mental health fields. When I learned about the Basic Needs efforts at UC Berkeley, I knew I had found my community and my home. The Basic Needs village truly embodies belonging and is committed to reimagining and shaping our community.