On-campus resources to meet basic student needs

Trevis Dampier

An entrance to the Registration and Student Services building.

De Anza College offers a variety of Resources students to meet their basic needs and offer assistance – such as financial aid and emergency funds, free transport, food and hygiene products.

The pantry, counselors, and bookstore are among the many resources in the Registration and Student Services, or RSS, service that students can use to their advantage.

The pantry in the RSS building, room 127, and a list of options. (Trevis Dampier)

The Basic Needs Coordinator, Erika Flores, helps manage the pantry and also answers any questions students may have about the service.

According to Flores, the pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where students can receive groceries once a week.

“The process of receiving food is actually very simple,” Flores said. “All students need is a student card and no questions asked.”

Students who have mental health issues or need a counselor can visit Psychological services located at the top of the library in RSS 258.

According to Suzanna Ramirez, Administrative Assistant, the best way for students to book an appointment is to email [email protected]. Students can indicate their availability and receive services such as association with a clinician.

“Some students may be reluctant to seek help because of the stigma associated with receiving mental health care,” Ramirez said. “We try to reduce that stigma by having compassionate and empathetic staff.”

According to Ramirez, students can talk to clinicians about anything they want confidentially.

The entrance to the Office of University Life, located on the lower level of the center of the Hinson campus. (Trevis Dampier)

Another resource is the Santa Clara Valley Transit Agency, or VTA, SmartPass Clipper Card for students in need of transportation. Provided to the College Life Office located near the cafeteria, the SmartPass allows students unlimited rides on buses and the Santa Clara VTA Light Rail in Santa Clara County.

Avneet Thind, 19, a computer science major and student assistant in the Office of University Life, helps other students with tasks such as receiving ID or a VTA SmartPass.

“I think the SmartPass is a great opportunity for students who need public transportation,” Thind said. “It’s especially something that can be used for international students here in De Anza who probably don’t have their own transport.”

According to Thind, all students need a valid government-issued ID and their student CWID to be eligible for the SmartPass. She also noted that no payments are made to the Office of University Life.

Learn more about these and other resources available online and on campus. here.

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