Why Basic Needs?
Growing up, my parents often shared stories of their immigrant journey. When they talked about the hardships they faced, rather than focusing on the agony they felt, they highlighted the kindness of the people (sometimes complete strangers) that helped them through it. Through these stories, my parents always stressed the importance of having empathy for others and understanding that a person’s situation is in no way a reflection of them as an individual. The Basic Needs Center takes these ideals and acts upon them to create tangible change for the Berkeley community and beyond. I am so proud to be a small part of the journey to make UC Berkeley a basic needs secure campus.