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The Division of Student Affairs at Lehman College

Welcome to the Student Affairs Basic Needs Center

People first concern themselves with meeting their basic needs; only afterwards, do they pursue any higher needs. - Abdolkarim Soroush

Our Mission: The Student Affairs Basic Needs Center aims to directly support students’ well-being and provide a positive academic environment, regardless of personal challenges. We aim to reduce and eliminate the burdens food or housing insecurity cause, and increase our students access to food, clothing, technology, financial support and a comprehensive set of holistic resources that will help our students overcome basic needs insecurity and meet their personal and academic goals.

Our Goals:
  • Streamline Services & Educate Students will have a point of contact who can inform, guide and/or help them address basic needs and emergencies.
  • Support Students and Engage Students will foster caring relationships based on trust and accountability.
  • Empower Students Students will be better equipped to make informed choices and develop more agency towards self-advocacy and accessing services that address their basic needs.