UCSD Basic Needs Committee

On April 27th, 2016 the Basic Needs Committee was charged by the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs to specifically assist the campus with the following priorities:

  • A definition of food and housing insecurity that suits our campus’ unique needs
  • Identification of prevailing challenges associated with accessing affordable and sustainable food and housing
  • Creation of an inventory of all existing campus programs and services in support of housing and food security
  • Provide recommendations for further coordination and collaboration and possible new initiatives aimed at addressing food and housing insecurity

Basic Needs Committee Membership 2017-2018

Alexis Wesley Pantry Manager
Alicia Magallanes Basic Needs Coordinator
Amanda Marples Assistant Director, Marketing and Programs University Centers
Andrew B. Kahng Faculty - Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Angel Brito CalFresh Outreach Assistant
Blanca Melendrez Executive Director, Center for Community Health
Christine McNamara Nutritionist, Student Health Services
Cong Dinh Graduate Student Association
Crystal Sandoval AVP Food and Housing Resources, Associated Students
Dominique Derse Pantry Manager
Hayley Weddle Committee Co-Chair and Graduate Student Representative
Heather Belk Director, Associated Students
Janan Alkaja Basic Needs Student Services Assistant
Jessica Heredia Assistant Director, CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center
John Weng Assistant Director, Associated Students Operations
Jon Carlos Senour Director of Student Legal Services
Kia Neri Commuter Events/Program Manager
Kiara Gomez A.S. President
Lauren Barker Project Coordinator, Center for Community Health
Lori Weiner Student Affairs Case Manager
Mandy Huang Basic Needs Marketing and Communications
Mary Anan Assistant Director, Student Legal Services
Michelle Zive Center for Community Health
Patty Mahaffey Committee Chair and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Student Life
Sabira Parajuli CalFresh Outreach Assistant
Senuri Boralessa Basic Needs Student Services Assistant
Sherlock Li Lead Pantry Manager
Sophie Zhang Basic Needs Student Services Assistant
Vonda Garcia Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships Office
William Armstrong Director, Student Research and Information
Yvonne Hernandez Friedman Associate Director, Residential Success and Community Development