Ruben E. CanedoUC Berkeley

Ruben was born and raised in the border valleys of Mexicali, Imperial, and Coachella. Ruben is a recipient of UC Regents and Chancellor’s Full Scholarship and first-generation alumnus of UC Berkeley. Ruben’s academic coursework and publications focus on public higher education, equity,  intersectionality, and systems change. Ruben serves as Director of Equity Initiatives within UC Berkeley’s Division of Equity & Inclusion. His responsibilities include college student basic needs, strategic planning, and mobilization. Ruben was appointed to the dual roles of Chair of the UC Berkeley Basic Needs Committee (2013) and Co-Chair of the UC Systemwide Basic Needs Committee (2014). These efforts focus on research, prevention, sustainability, and advocacy. His efforts have published studies on college student food insecurity and homelessness in higher education and have helped inform both state and federal policies. Additionally, Ruben facilitates keynotes and trainings on healing, life journeys, and maximizing performance. Ruben is a third-degree black belt in traditional karate and helps coach his father’s national team. Term Expires: 12/31/2024.