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About SHAC
Mission Statement
Why Choose SHAC?
Get Involved
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Current Member Resources

About SHAC

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) provides an essential link between University Health Services (UHS) and the UT student body. SHAC represents the student body in relaying student health concerns to UHS, helps to promote UHS services and initiatives, and participates actively in UHS-sponsored events.

SHAC membership meets once weekly (Thursday, 5-6pm) to work on student-led projects, plan campus-wide events, and hear from university guest speakers and provide feedback to UHS on a variety of health-related initiatives. SHAC offers members an opportunity to engage in a range of leadership and volunteer opportunities throughout each semester.

SHAC is made up of members selected through an application and interview process. The diverse membership includes undergraduate and graduate students, international students, and students from a variety of backgrounds, interests and majors.

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SHAC Mission Statement

To serve as a liaison between the student body and the University Health Services (UHS) administration by representing student health concerns and by promoting health on campus.

SHAC acts as a student organization for individuals interested in promoting health-related issues and gaining leadership skills in order to represent all groups of the student body and voice student concerns to UHS staff and administrators.

SHAC activities help to ensure that UHS services meet the health and wellness needs of UT students

Why Choose SHAC?

As a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop insight about healthcare in a college setting and relay student input to University Health Services
  • Work directly with UHS administration
  • Volunteer at UHS-sponsored events around campus
  • Participate in the interview process for healthcare providers and other applicants to UHS
  • Represent UT at regional and national college health conferences
  • Help plan campus-wide events that promote student awareness for campus health and wellness resources
  • Develop leadership and professional skills
  • Network with fellow students and UHS staff

Member Testimonials

"Being a part of SHAC for the last 3 years has really shaped my college experience for the better. Not only have I gotten first-hand knowledge of how UHS works by volunteering at events, but I have also had the chance to make a real impact on campus by serving as the student voice of UHS." -Maria Alvarenga, President 2014-2015

"Student Health Advisory gives students the unique opportunity to provide feedback directly to the professionals who work at University Health Services. It's exciting to have UHS's public health professionals come to our meetings and ask for input about various topics in order to improve student health." -Anita Vasudevan, 4th year member

"As a graduate student, SHAC has connected me to the larger UT student community and inspired me to give back to my UT community to increase student health and wellness." -Casey Walsh, 1st year member


SHAC is involved in a wide range of activities, including:

  • Developing the promotional videos to advertise the services offered by UHS.
  • Suggesting the 24-hour Nurse Advice Line, which is available to students 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
  • Initiating the UHS Clinic Volunteer program to give students hands-on experience on campus in the healthcare field.
  • Participating and presenting at several American College Health Association annual meetings as representatives of University of Texas UHS.
  • Implementing patient satisfaction surveys and collecting campus-wide student health concerns and feedback.
  • Interviewing healthcare providers and other candidates for UHS.
  • Coordinating an annual event "Bagels and Lox with Students and Docs," which serves as a networking event for students and UHS healthcare providers in a fun, relaxed setting.

Get Involved

SHAC recruits new members each semester. Check back soon for more information on how to apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does SHAC meet?
Our mandatory meetings are once a week from 5:00-6:00 pm on Thursday evenings.

What happens at SHAC weekly meetings?
Meetings are where we brainstorm ideas for student-led initiatives and put plans in place to execute those initiatives. We regularly have workshops, speakers, and opportunitites for education and professional development. We often break into subcommittees for discussion and work. We also socialize, eat food together, and have fun!

Are there point requirements?
Yes, members must complete a set number of hours of volunteer work related to UHS and SHAC programs and events.

What type of volunteering opportunities are offered?
There are numerous volunteer opportunities including tabling for outreach and recruitment and staffing events put on by SHAC for the campus community. These include:

  • Safe Spring break Kit distribution
  • Bagels and Lox for Students and Docs event coordination and distribution
  • Flu shot clinic volunteering
  • Physician interviews

Contact SHAC

2015-2016 SHAC Leadership Team

Sarah Song, President
Allison Teng, Vice President
Anna Poliner, Administrative Director
Oscar Gonzalez, Finance Director
Katherine Vuong, Communications Director
Hope Griffin, Recruitment Director
Maria Alvarenga, Officer Liaison
Alex Ryden, Officer Liaison
Susan Kirtz, Advisor

Current Member Resources