Addressing Food Insecurity and Basic Needs Among UC Students: What Can Berkeley Do?

November 15, 2017, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Open to: All instructors, researchers, graduate students, and staff


The latest systemwide data from the UC Institutional Research & Academic Planning team at the UC Office of the President confirms that 39% of undergraduates and 23% of graduates at UC Berkeley are experiencing food Insecurity. Additionally, 5% of undergraduates and 6% of graduate students self-report experiencing homelessness at some point during the academic year.

Please join us to discuss the full student experience data, to learn about Berkeley's Basic Needs model, and to explore how we, as campus faculty and administrators, can help make a difference through our teaching, research, and work.

Presenters include:

    • Lorrene Ritchie (executive director, UC Nutrition Policy Institute)
    • Suzanna Martinez (UC senior researcher)
    • Ruben E. Canedo (UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee chair)

Working agenda:

    • Welcome, introduction, and meal
    • 2017 Basic Needs data presentation
    • 2017 U.C. Berkeley Basic Needs model
    • Clarifications and reactions from participants
    • Open discussion: Incorporating basic needs into curriculum
    • Open discussion: Incorporation basic needs into non-teaching efforts
    • Moving forward: Interest in a basic needs knowledge community

NOTE: Please register so we can ensure enough food for everyone who attends. Use the comments field on the registration form to indicate if you have any food allergies or restrictions.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on November 14, 2017 - 5:00pm.


Division of Equity and Inclusion
UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee

Series description

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion.