Professional Development

Skills and knowledge for professional growth

Professional development is the continuous process of acquiring new knowledge and skills that relate to your profession, job responsibilities or work environment. Campus basic needs professional development efforts include online and in-person trainings to advance UC's best practices locally and nationally for financial aid, admissions and basic needs practitioners.

California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance (CHEBNA) 2022 Learning Series

The California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance (CHEBNA) will host a virtual learning series beginning in April 2022. Sessions will address ways to continue supporting students in a number of areas, with access to information about financial aid, healthy food, safe housing, and overall health and mental health care.

This series presents an opportunity to expand our knowledge as we explore creative ways to support students that are responsive to the pandemic affecting our communities. All webinars will be hosted on Zoom and recorded for future access on this website. To register, please click on the link under each event that you are interested in attending. If you have any questions, please contact us at

To access resources from past conferences, please visit the CSU website.

Webinar Schedule

Introduction: The Next Phase of Meeting Students Basic Needs

Thursday, April 7, from noon–1 p.m. PDT
Watch the April 7 recording

The California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance (CHEBNA) invites you to the 2022 CHEBNA Webinar Series Virtual Kick-Off. Supporting the well-being of students continues to be a priority for public higher-education segments in California, as well as for the state legislature. For the first time collectively, the California Community Colleges (CCC), California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) systems each have recurring funds, allocated by the legislature and dedicated to supporting students’ basic needs. Join this conversation about timely topics, such as current research that informs our practice; case management and mental health; CalGrant reform; and state funding and legislation for student housing. As part of the Kick-Off event, we’ll share information about all the weekly webinar sessions that comprise the April series.


  • Suzanna Martinez, Assistant Professor at UCSF and Lead Basic Needs Researcher, University of California

  • Genie Kim, Director, Student Mental Health and Well-being, University of California, Office of the President

  • Jake Brymner, Director, Government and External Relations, California Student Aid Commission 

  • Rebecca Ruan-O’Shaughnessy, Vice Chancellor, Educational Services and Support, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office

  • Varsha Sarveshwar, Executive Assistant for Cabinet Affairs, Office of California Governor Gavin Newsom


  • Henoc Preciado, Systemwide Manager, Basic Needs Initiatives, California State University Office of the Chancellor

How Colleges Can Collaborate with Homeless Services Systems

April 7, 2022, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. PDT
Watch the April 7 recording

Colleges across the nation have become increasingly concerned with meeting students’ basic needs given the increasing prevalence of housing and food insecure students and the exacerbation of those insecurities wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing homelessness among students is particularly challenging and one emerging strategy is expanding collaboration between college campuses and local community homeless services systems.

John Burton Advocates for Youth will be hosting a webinar featuring several college staff and housing services providers, who have partnered together to provide unique solutions to the rising numbers of homeless and housing insecure college students. Participants will learn about these successes and will be offered recommendations for how others can replicate these models.


  • Debbie Raucher, Director of Education, John Burton Advocates for Youth

  • Andrew Nickens, Student Intern, John Burton Advocates for Youth

  • Alexis Villa, Associate Dean, Imperial Valley College

  • Eric Hubbard, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Jovenes Inc.

  • Justin Mendez, Basic Needs Program Manager, Long Beach City College

  • Natalie Chavez, HOPE (Housing Opportunities Promote Education) Coordinator, Fresno City College

CalFresh: Supporting California Students

Wednesday, April 13, from noon–1 p.m. PDT
Watch the April 13 recording

With the landscape of CalFresh Food (SNAP) changing quickly due to factors like the public health emergency, legislative funding, and state and federal policy, campus outreach measures for CalFresh have ramped up. Join us to learn how California campuses are leading the nation in innovative outreach strategies and advocacy for those experiencing food insecurity. This session will offer the latest data on CalFresh Food participation rates for CCC and UC students; must-know federal and state policy updates affecting college students; demonstration of innovative tools and resources available to all California college staff members, and will hear campus staff from across the state share their best practices for virtual and on-campus activities and successful partnerships to increase awareness and application rates for college students.


  • Dr. Elise Dizon-Ross, Postdoctoral Scholar, California Policy Lab at UC Berkeley
  • Becky Silva, Senior Policy Advocate, California Association of Food Banks
  • Ma Lai Vue, Resource Hub Program Manager, CSU Chico Center for Healthy Communities

Guest speakers:

  • CalFresh Outreach/Basic Needs staff from California State University, University of California, and California Community College campuses


  • Jessica Medina, CalFresh Outreach Program Specialist, CSU Chico Center for Healthy Communities

Advancing Campus Basic Needs Models Across California Higher Education

Tuesday, April 19, from 10–11:30 a.m. PDT
Watch the April 19 recording

With the success of ongoing legislative funding for basic needs across all three higher education segments, systemwide and campus leadership are advancing innovative practices to further respond to and support student basic needs. This session will include segment-level updates as well as case examples across the California Community Colleges, California Student University and University of California systems in order to elevate the connections across each segment, to encourage sharing of best practices and to highlight both successes and visions for improving our collective efforts.


  • Dr. Pam Luster, CEO and President, San Diego Mesa College
  • Dr. Ashanti Hands, Vice President of Student Services, San Diego Mesa College
  • Johanna Aleman, Basic Needs Coordinator, San Diego Mesa College
  • Danielle Munoz, LMFT, MS, Student Affairs Case Manager, CSU Sacramento
  • Rebecca Segundo, Basic Needs and Rapid Rehousing Manager, UC Santa Barbara


  • Colleen Ganley Ammerman, Specialist, Student Services, CCC Office of the Chancellor
  • Thalia Marroquin, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, CCC Office of the Chancellor
  • Tim Galarneau, Specialist and Systemwide Basic Needs Co-Chair, University of California

State and National Basic Needs Advocacy

Monday, April 25, from noon–1 p.m. PDT
Watch the April 25 recording

Join us for a timely and energizing presentation by state and national leaders who are advancing the basic needs movement for college students. Be among the first to learn about new state publications filled with recommendations for improving financial aid, CalFresh, local resources and statewide strategies. Come ready for the latest news, practices and potential scenarios at national and federal levels that will shape the futures of student experiences and of efforts dedicated to improving their basic needs.


  • Alex Zucco, Manager, Government Relations & Advocacy, California Student Aid Commission  
  • Tanya Moore, Facilitator for Intersegmental Working Group on Student Basic Needs, Governor's Post-Secondary Education Council and Managing Partner for Intersecting Lines
  • Crystal Martinez, Director, Federal Education Policy, University of California Office of the President
  • Andrew Cheyne, Deputy Director, SNAP, Food Research and Action Center

Host and Moderator:

  • Ruben E. Canedo, he/they, Co-Chair, Systemwide Basic Needs Committee, University of California



California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance (CHEBNA) 2021 Learning Series

The Future of Student Basic Needs: A Conversation with Higher Education State Leaders

March 29, 2021
3:30–4:30 p.m. PDT
Watch the March 29 recording

The State of Basic Needs Research in California Public Higher Education

April 14, 2021
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT
Watch the April 14 recording

Advancing Food Access and Support for Students Across California Higher Education

April 28, 2021
10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. PDT
Watch the April 28 recording

Mental Health Equity Gaps and the Impact of the Pandemic on Diverse Student Populations

May 24, 2021
10–11:30 a.m. PDT
Watch the May 24 recording

CHEBNA Basic Needs Summit 2020

February 6–7, 2020
View recordings and slides from the 2020 event


UC is working toward one of the largest anti-poverty and economic justice efforts in its history: to cut the number of its students experiencing basic needs insecurity in half by 2025.

Read more about Basic Needs goals


Add your name to the Double the Pell Grant petition

Join the University of California, the UC Student Association and other higher education partners in calling on Congress to restore the purchasing power of the Pell Grant by doubling the maximum award.

Sign the Double the Pell Grant Petition


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