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Intersegmental Working Group on Student Basic Needs

Convened by the Governor’s Council for Post-Secondary Education, the Working Group is tasked with developing a cost-effective, intersegmental statewide and/or regionalized approach—supported by concrete policy recommendations—that will help students in public colleges and universities meet their basic needs.

Working Group Charge

The Working Group was established in August 2021 and tasked with building upon, rather than duplicating, the significant body of work analyzing the basic needs challenges that face California students, with the goal of positioning the segments to use existing research to take immediate action. The brief at right features 20 recommendations from the Working Group that focus on streamlining supports, reducing barriers, and maximizing uptake of publicly available resources and services. The recommendations are organized by opportunities to strengthen basic needs support through intersegmental, regional, and state-level partnerships.

Working Group Leadership

The California Intersegmental Working Group on Student Basic Needs was established by Governor Gavin Newsom’s Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Dr. Lande Ajose, in consultation with the Governor’s Council on Post-Secondary Education. The Working Group is composed of representatives from the University of California, California State University, California Community Colleges, the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities, and each of the respective statewide student organizations. The California Intersegmental Working Group on Student Basic Needs is chaired by Tanya Moore, PhD, Managing Partner for Intersecting Lines, LLC.


Lande Ajose

Tanya Moore, Ph.D.

Facilitator and Managing Partner for Intersecting Lines, LLC

Loren Blanchard

Jiseon Kim

Student, UCLA

Nathan Brostrom

Genie Kim

Director, Student Mental Health & Well-being Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs, UC Office of the President

Bridget Burns

Dr. Denise Woods-Bevly

Associate Vice Chancellor of Health, Well-Being, and Safety, UC Riverside

Ben Cannon

Henoc Preciado

Basic Needs Initiative Manager, CSU Office of the Chancellor

Michelle Asha Cooper

Tonatzin Oseguera

Vice President of Student Affairs, CSU Fullerton

Keith Curry

Fabiola Moreno Ruelas

Vice President of Systemwide Affairs, California State Student Association (CSSA)

Nathan Brostrom

Marty Alvarado

Executive Vice Chancellor, Educational Services, CCC Chancellor’s Office

Mildred Gargcia

Dr. Pamela Luster

President, San Diego Mesa College

Daisy Gonzales

Jenn Galinato

Student, Sacramento City College

Shaun Harper

Linda McMurdock, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount Saint Mary’s University web portal logo with California bear icon
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