The Student Basic Needs department fosters a culture of holistic well-being by helping to eliminate life barriers such as food, housing, and economic injustice, that may jeopardize student academic and personal success.
We support students by developing initiatives, streamlining communication with campus partners, and connecting students to campus and community resources.
Ensuring student well-being through food, housing, and economic justice.
Basic Needs Security refers to the food, housing, and economic security of our community. We understand that basic needs have a direct impact on the mental-emotional-physical health, wellness, academic performance, professional development, and holistic success of students.
The quality of life of our students has a major impact on their sense of belonging, persistence, graduation, and overall experience. Therefore, we refuse to accept hunger, malnourishment, and homelessness as part of our Trojan Family.
Student Basic Needs is committed to assisting our students in getting the appropriate resources and support to help them thrive during their time at USC.
Honoring Native Land
Student Basic Needs acknowledges that we are on the traditional land of the Tongva People. For thousands of years, the Tongva people lived on this land we occupy today, and were considered the most powerful indigenous peoples to inhabit the Los Angeles basin. Along with the Tongva, we also recognize the Chumash, Tataviam, Serrano, Cahuilla, Juaneno, and Luiseno People, for the land that USC also occupies around Southern California. We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us here today. And please join us in uncovering such truths at any and all events.