Why Basic Needs?
Growing up I developed a strong connection to sharing food with those around me, since that was how I learned to connect in a community without many siblings or extended family nearby. The thing that higher education gave me was a deeper sense of interconnectedness and also the complexity in our bodies and lives, related to, but also beyond food. I was shaped by this community and am honored to work towards a more holistic basic needs program, but also motivated to support students in the ways that I felt supported in my time at Cal. If we can ensure that food is a right – that no one in our community goes without – then we can empower each other to move toward justice, and I cannot imagine working toward anything else.