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The Hub Basic Needs Center


  • Alicia Magallanes

    San Diego State University, School of Social Work, BSW & MSW

    As Director of the Hub Basic Needs Center, Alicia oversees and provides supportive services to increase accessibility of basic needs resources for students at UC San Diego. She has worked alongside resilent communities in south Los Angeles as a street outreach worker, was a Farmers Market Recovery Glean Lead with Food Forward at the Hollywood Farmers Market, and conducted her graduate studies field practicum with Feeding San Diego locally. 

    She aspires to cultivate a basic needs secure campus environment and shift dialogue around the topic of basic needs to reflect the resilience as well as innovation of our amazing undergraduate and graduate student communities.

Basic Needs Programs Coordinator

  • Chelsea Richardson

    The Ohio State University, School of Social Work, BSSW & MSW

    As the Basic Needs Programs Coordinator, Chelsea supports the organizational and programmatic logistics of basic needs student services, ensuring the daily operations of The Hub Basic Needs Center run smoothly, and coordinating campus-wide outreach and integration. 

    Chelsea brings to this role a decade of experience working with students first in New York City and more recently in San Diego, where she's worked to provide and expand resources for those experiencing homelessness, worked to help first generation college students navigate the college section and admission process, and more recently serves as the Advisor and Program Coordinator of the African American Studies Program at UC San Diego. 

    Chelsea aims to use her role on campus not only to address basic needs insecurity, but to also address the need for systemic change that promotes the security, health and well-being of all students at UC San Diego. 

Food Security Programs Coordinator

  • Nydia Lopez

    San Diego State University, MA Post-Secondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs

    As the Food Security Programs Coordinator, Nydia oversees an array of campus programs that support food security at UC San Diego. This includes emergency relief programs such as the Triton Food Pantry and Graduate Food Pantry, CalFresh, and the Food Recovery Network. She also assists in the coordination of new programming and new initiatives while assessing existing food security programs.

    Nydia has worked in a variety of student services departments including Study Abroad, Financial Aid, and most recently, UCSD’s Case Management Services. She is committed to advancing basic needs services for students by combatting food security challenges at our campus and addressing the full spectrum of food insecurity. 

Off-Campus Housing Coordinator

  • Damian Ruiz

    San Diego State University, Bachelor's in Psychology, double minor in Counseling and Social Change, and Cultural Proficiency

    As the Off-Campus Housing Coordinator for UC San Diego, Damian helps connect students to stable housing resources. He assists students by providing resources to aid in their off-campus housing search, giving housing consultations, and managing UCSD’s Off-Campus Housing Website. He also oversees the Basic Needs and Off-Campus Living Peer Education Program. In addition, he coordinates the emergency Temporary Housing program, which can help students in emergency situations.

    Through his role, he hopes to help make students’ experiences in college a little easier—especially for those who may be struggling. He aims to bring about change in higher education, and to work with students in a dignified and respectful way that is inclusive and accessible. 

Basic Needs Assistants

  • Senuri Boralessa

    4th year Human Biology Major, Global Health Minor

    As student lead for the Basic Needs Peer Educator Program, Senuri Boralessa hopes to see the number of student educators grow and engage with more students on campus. As a larger goal, she hopes to see the program be adopted by other UC campuses as well.

    Her post-graduate academic goals include attending medical school and pursuing a career in healthcare to reduce inequality across multiple platforms.

  • Ebadut Shahzada

    3rd year Molecular Biology Major, Ethnic Studies Minor

    One of three Basic Needs Assistants, Ebadut Shahzada strives to support students in fulfilling their basic needs, and expelling the stigma that surrounds basic needs initiatives at UC San Diego. 

    She aspires to pursue medicine after completing her undergraduate degree, and dismantle structures of social inequalities within the field.

  • Cieara Simmons

    3rd year Global Health Major

     As a Basic Needs Assistant, Cieara Simmons works hard to connect students to the variety of resources UC San Diego offers. 

    After she graduates, Cieara hopes to become a world traveler and visit lower income countries to help people access resources they need.

CalFresh Outreach Assistants

  • David Ban

    3rd year International Relations and Ethnic Studies Double Major

    As one of the CalFresh Outreach Assistants, David Ban hopes to learn how to implement change at a higher level while also providing hands-on assistance to his local community.

    After college, he hopes to travel, for both business and leisure.

  • Angel Brito

    University of California San Diego, Bachelor's in Psychology

    As the previous CalFresh Outreach Assistant Lead and a founding member of the CalFresh program at UCSD, Angel Brito now assists students who are food insecure as the CalFresh Program Assistant. He continues to guide students through the CalFresh application and manages the development and growth of the UCSD CalFresh program.

    He plans to continue working in the field of Basic Needs and provide food security not only to students, but community members as well.

  • Mariela Flores

    5th year Ethnic Studies Major, Management Science Minor

    Mariela Flores wants to take part in empowering and resourceful initiatives when it comes to directing students to resources that meet their basic needs. She aims to further the growth and accessibility of The Hub Basic Needs Center, while also learning more about the social work field.

    After graduation, she plans on traveling, before working within social justice oriented and multicultural focused fields that emphasize community wellness and mental health.

Marketing and Communications

  • Mandy Huang

    3rd year Communications Major, Business Minor

    As the Marketing and Communications Assistant, Mandy Huang focuses on informing the student body about The Hub Basic Needs Center and the resources it offers. She seeks to further basic needs initiatives through partnerships with other resource centers and hopes to extend that beyond the campus grounds.

    After graduating, she plans on working in the marketing field in an environment where she can enact change.

Basic Needs Peer Educators


  • Anahi Ibarra

    4th year Sociology Major with a focus on social inequalities

    As a member of the newly formed Basic Needs Peer Educator program, Anahi hopes to spark conversations around basic needs in our community, as well as start challenging others to think critically about how intersectionality plays a role in attaining basic needs.

    After graduation, she plans on working in areas regarding access, retention and success with underrepresented populations at the higher education level.

  • Maria Triplett

    4th year Public Health Major, Ethnic Studies Minor

    Maria hopes to bring a more socially and culturally reflective lens to her role as a Basic Needs Peer Educator, and change how others view basic needs, specifically amongst communities of color.

    Her post-graduation plans include pursuing a career in Physical Therapy and Nutrition.

  • Jessica Zavala

    4th year Global Health Major, Environmental Studies Minor

    As a Basic Needs Peer Educator, Jessica strives to decrease the burden and stress related to basic needs that our UCSD community experiences by educating not only students, but also UCSD staff, about the importance of basic needs and the need to implement more resources to aid students.

    After college, she aspires to continue her education in Global Health at graduate school, and assist local community programs and projects related to basic needs, refugee health, and environmental health with the purpose of providing education, resources and improve the living conditions of our community. 

  • Marissa Islas

    2nd year Global Health Major; Psychology Minor

    Marissa hopes to raise awareness on the importance of advocating for basic needs through her role as a Basic Needs Peer Educator. It is a goal of hers to not only serve others through the administration and retention of resources but also to bring clarity on how basic needs and one's wellbeing is intrinsically connected. 

    After graduation, she would love to be a part of the Peace Corps before becoming either an Occupational Therapist or a Rehabilitation Counselor, because it would better prepare her to help people with disabilities in developing countries.

  • Stephanie Rivas

    3rd year Communications and Critical Gender Studies Double Major; History minor

    As a Basic Needs Peer Educator, Stephanie hopes to continue educating others on Basic Needs issues and establish a program/project within the Hub that addresses or seeks to help out folks who are transportation insecure when coming to/attending UCSD.

    After college, she wants to take the knowledge she has learned in college to work with communities of color to address social justice issues. She wants to establish community based programs that help communities of color advance in higher education, learn and understand social justice issues through an intersectional lens/framework, and learn how to use their voices, practice solidarity, and get involved in making the world a more inclusive space.