Why Basic Needs?
Coming from the foster youth community, I have struggled from not having my basic needs met while at Cal. The behemoth of an institution that is Cal was daunting and hard to navigate while working more than I studied. Imposter syndrome quickly rooted itself in me my first year. However, I quickly learned that this was an issue for many of my peers, especially in my foster community. After much needed healing, I was able to ask for support and eventually found the village that is the Basic Needs Center. This village has quickly become my chosen family with our justice and belonging centered work.