Mini-Grant Opportunities

In 2019, the CSU Chancellor's Office offered various mini-grant opportunities to CSU faculty, staff and students in support of Basic Needs and Student Well-Being. Read below to learn about the various projects.  


2019 Grant Awardees

Student Research

These student-led research projects focus on student well-being and its intersection with student success. 
See the list with abstracts

CampusNameFunding AmountProject
BakersfieldJacob Kountz$2,500Attitudes and Barriers to Seeking Mental Health Services
BakersfieldDenisse B. Silva$2,500Defining 'Student Success:' Voices of Latinx First Generation College Students
Dominguez HillsJulia Childs$2,500Determinig Inclusivity of the CSU Basic Needs Initiative for Pregnant and Parenting Students
Dominguez HillsHawk McFadzen$2,500Student Perceptions of Basic Needs
HumboldtMelody Soper$2,500Barriers to Success
Long BeachConnie Moreno Yamashiro$2,500Hungry for a Higher Education: A Case Study on Student Experiences with a Food Pantry
NorthridgeJennifer Rodzianko$2,500The Role of CSUN Food Pantry and Pop-up Pantry on Well-Being, Academic Success and Fod Security: A CSUN Student Perspective


Faculty Research

In an effort to assess the impact of basic needs programs and services, these small-scale research projects will evaluate the process and/or implementation of these programs. See the list with abstracts

CampusNameTitleFunding AmountProject 
Channel IslandsJacob JenkinsAssociate Professor $15,000Basic Needs for Student Success: Best Practices for Serving CSU’s Historically Underserved Students
ChicoJosephine BlagraveAssistant Professor$15,000Access to Healthy Oportunities for College Students with Disabilities: A Mixed Methods Study
ChicoJennifer WilkingAssociate Professor$15,000Assessing Housing Needs and Programs Post Camp Fire:
An Interdisciplinary, Course-based Research Proposal
Dominguez HillsJenney HallLecturer$15,000Food Storage and Preparation at CSU-Dominguez Hills Urban Farm
East BayRyan GambaAssistant Professor$15,000F rom Stamps to Phone Apps: Identifying the most effective and preferred methods of Food Assistance for Students at CSU East Bay
NorthridgeNelida DuranAssistant Professor$15,000Food Insecurity and Utilization of Food Pantries at California State University Northridge
San FranciscoGretchen Lynn GeorgeAssistant Professor$15,000Understanding the Impact of Peer Education on Self-Efficacy and Food Literacy in Food Insecure Students
San Luis ObispoAydin NazmiAssociate Professor$15,000Improving food access on campus: A mixed-methods process evaluation 
San MarcosGabriel R. ValleAssistant Professor$15,000Addressing Student Basic Needs by Empowering Students through Growing Food


Campus Community Gardens

These projects receive a stipend to help with the enhancement of a current campus community garden, and/or the development of a campus community garden, with the goal of providing additional nutritional resources and gardening education to food-insecure students.

CampusNameFunding Amount
BakersfieldLourdes Nilon$3,000
Channel IslandsRuben Alarcon$3,000
Dominguez HillsEllie Perry$3,000
East BayBrandon Martinez Bailon$3,000
FullertonJohn Bock$3,000
Long BeachDon Penrod$3,000
Long BeachChristina Limon$3,000
NorthridgeErica Wohldmann$3,000
NorthridgeAnnette Besnilian$3,000
PomonaMichael Brown$3,000
SacramentoRyan Todd$3,000
San JoséDiana Victa$3,000
San Luis ObispoGenie Kim$3,000
San MarcosJuliana Goodlaw-Morris$3,000
SonomaClea Felien$3,000
SonomaDaniel Soto$3,000
StanislausKaren Webster$3,000
StanislausJill Tiemann-Gonzalez$3,000