Valera NEST: Nurturing Environment for Students to Thrive

Valera NEST
Nurturing Environment for Students to Thrive

Coming 2025–2026*

This renovated space will address basic needs, promoting synergy, collaboration and partnership between various campus resources while normalizing the experience of students who seek supportive resources.

CSUN Food Pantry

  • Food and toiletries, dry goods, produce and refrigerated food
  • Food assistance programs (i.e. CalFresh)

Ila’s Kitchen

  • Lounge area, seating and tables
  • Food preparation stations including microwaves and hot water dispensers for food warming

Cold Food Lockers

Storage for:

  • Food pantry orders after pickup
  • Meals for eating while on campus all day
Rendering of the Valera NEST Food Pantry
Rendering of the Valera NEST Community Kitchen
Concept Image of the Valera NEST Food Lockers

Basic Needs Office

Care Coordinators assist students with resources related to:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Emergency Housing
  • Financial Support
  • Wrap-around services

Matty’s Closet

  • On-campus professional clothing resource for students
  • Tips on professional dress for job interviews and internships
Rendering of the Valera NEST Lobby
Rendering of the Valera NEST Mattys Closet

Special thanks to our generous donors Milt and Debbie Valera, Rick and Barbara Levy, and the CSUN Foundation. We would also like to thank Assemblywoman Pilar Schiavo for her leadership which was instrumental in making this project a reality. This project is a CSUN campus partnership with the University Student Union (USU), Division of Student Affairs, Office of Basic Needs, Career Center and the College of Health and Human Development.

*Formerly known as the Basic Needs Suite. Schedule and images are conceptual and subject to change.