Basic Needs Taskforce

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History of the Taskforce 

Critical to student success at the CSU, the Basic Needs Initiative takes a holistic look at students’ well-being both inside and outside the classroom, from housing and food security to mental health. We’re working together to find better ways support our students on their path to graduation. View the CSU Study of Student Basic Needs.
The Cal Poly Basic Needs Task Force was inaugurated in 2016 as a working group and currently meets monthly during the academic year. Its purpose is to examine and contextualize the problem of basic needs insecurity at Cal Poly and to offer solutions to address this ongoing problem. 
The Basic Needs Taskforce is co-chaired by Hannah Steen, Basic Needs Coordinator and Dr. Aydin Nazmi, Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition and Director of Cal Fresh Outreach. 


The Basic Needs Taskforce is a diverse group of professionals across Cal Poly who share a passion for advocacy. Members meet to discuss pertinent basic needs topics and issues, share updates, engage in concerted action and build a cohesive community of advocates. Taskforce members represent departments and offices across campus. 

Regular Meetings 

The Basic Needs Taskforce meetings monthly. Each meeting features updates, community building opportunity, and guest speakers are invited to share on a quarterly basis. 
Interested in joining the Basic Needs Taskforce? Email Hannah Steen at
Interested in presenting at the Taskforce to share about work or an advocacy project? Email Hannah Steen at


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