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Communications Team for Food Security and Basic Needs


The Communications Team for "Thrive: Basic Needs at UCSB"  strives to inform the UCSB campus community and partners about all Basic Needs resources, including food, housing, covid-19, well-being, and financial resources. Our team manages several outreach strategies, including presentations to staff and faculty, tabling, newsletters, outreach on social media, poster campaigns, and the food.ucsb.edu website, which received over 30,000 visitors during the 2019-2020 academic year. 

In Fall 2020 we organized an innovative online Scavenger Hunt to inform students of Basic Needs Resources, while adhering to social distancing protocols.  Stay tuned for Basic Needs Awareness Week: January 11-15, 2020. 

We invite all partners who work on Basic Needs to join the Communications Team and partner on events, campaigns, strategy, printed materials, and more. To connect with the Communications Team, email melissafontaine@ucsb.edu, or find us on Instagram at @ucsbthrive 

Best regards, 

Thrive: Basic Needs at UCSB

Communications Team 

Basic Needs Communications Members: 

  • Miranda O'Brien, Basic Needs Advocate
  • Alex Soe, Communications Intern
  • Hillary Si, Communications Coordinator
  • Sara Madsen, Basic Needs Advocate, Social Media Coordinator, and Captain to Staff and Faculty Newsletter
  • Angel Ponce, Basic Needs Advocate and Social Media Coordinator
  • Azucena Sarabia-Garcia, Basic Needs Advocate and Captain of Presentations
  • Jessica Munoz, Social Media Captain
  • Jonathon Wells, AS Food Bank
  • Katya Martinez, Video Maker
  • Maribel Rodriguez, Rapid Rehousing Intern
  • Michael Chan, Rapid Rehousing Intern
  • Ylianna Castro, Basic Needs Advocate and Outreach to Student Orgs
  • Melissa Fontaine, Food Security Coordinator Department of Geography
Advisors to Basic Needs Communications
  • Jackie Ovalle, Health Education Specialist UCSB Department of Health & Wellness
  • Jewel Snavely, Sustainability Coordinator, The Green Initiative Fund Grant Manager UCSB Sustainability 
  • Katie Maynard, Sustainability Coordinator Department of Geography
  • Sharleen O'Brien, Director Health & Wellness UC Santa Barbara
  • Shelly Leachman, Deputy News Director and Writer Public Affairs & Communications UCSB

For more information on how to get involved, please contact Melissa Fontaine at melissafontaine@ucsb.edu

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