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Student Health Advisory Committee

Spring 2021 Application


Apply for our Spring 2021 Application Cycle by 2/21 at 11:59 pm. After reviewing applications, we will be conducting interviews to determine the final cohort size. Feel free to reach out with any questions at our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

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About SHAC
Mission Statement
Why Choose SHAC?
Get Involved
Frequently Asked Questions
Contact Us
Current Member Resources
2020-2021 SHAC Leadership Team

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, helping to promote UHS services and initiatives, and participating actively in UHS-sponsored events.

During our general meetings and subcommittee meetings, our members 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 the 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

Accomplishments

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

  • Developing the promotional videos to advertise the services offered by UHS.
  • Suggesting the UHS 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, week-long event called Hooked on UHS Week, where every day a different UHS service is highlighted and students who visit the event are given free swag.
  • Creating new events on a regular basis, such as Trivia with a Twist, a trivia night benefitting the STI testing fund at UHS.

Get Involved

Apply for our Spring 2021 Application Cycle by 2/21 at 11:59 pm. After reviewing applications, we will be conducting interviews to determine the final cohort size. Feel free to reach out with any questions at our Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Apply today

Frequently Asked Questions

When does SHAC meet?
Our mandatory meetings are twice a week. General Body meetings with all SHAC members are on Thursday evenings from 5:00-6:00 PM. Subcommittee meetings are separate one hour meetings that are led by the SHAC leadership team on a weekly basis.

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. Members regularly have workshops, speakers, and opportunities for education and professional development. We also socialize, eat food together, and have fun!

What happens at subcommittee weekly meetings?
We break into groups and work on different health initiatives or SHAC events on campus. Members have the opportunity to rank their subcommittee preferences at the first SHAC weekly meeting.

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:

  • Flu shot clinic volunteering
  • Hooked on UHS week event coordination and volunteering
  • Trivia with a Twist coordination and execution
  • Social media promotion
  • UHS leadership interviews

Contact SHAC

utaustinshac@gmail.com

2020-2021 SHAC Leadership Team

Supriya Anand

Supriya Anand, President
Year: Senior
Major: Human Development and Family Sciences
“As a member and leader of SHAC, I have been granted the unique opportunity to learn moreabout health services provided on campus and advocate on the behalf of students to improve UHS services by collaborating with passionate students and UHS senior staff members. My favorite parts of SHAC have been conducting research on pertinent issues for students, drafting surveys, and presenting data to UHS staff. I'm so excited to be back on campus this year and excited to see the work SHAC does this year!”

Elliot Kim

Elliot Kim, Vice-President
Year: Junior
Major: Public Health
“SHAC has given me a community of like-minded and passionate individuals who are eager to actively improve student health and well-being. The unique opportunity to create and execute health initiatives has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my collegiate experience, and I am excited to see what SHAC will accomplish in the upcoming year!”

Isha Borkar

Isha Borkar, Administrative Director
Year: Senior
Major: Finance
“Being a member of SHAC has been an unforgettable experience. With the help of UHS, SHAC has had the unique opportunity to advocate for student health services and implement changes on campus. It has been extremely rewarding to see the lasting impact we've had as an organization on the wellness of UT students. I'm so excited to see where this year's leadership team and members will take us!”

Kishore Botla

Kishore Botla, Financial Director
Year: Sophomore
Major: Nutrition
“Being a member of SHAC has opened my eyes to how much influence and good that students, in coordination with both each other and UHS, can have on campus to improve the health of the student body. Seeing how passionate SHAC members are about promoting health in all forms continues to inspire me to help others and has further developed my passion for pursuing a field in healthcare. I'm so excited to work with all the current and future SHAC members to make a great impact on campus this year!”

Alexander Carruth

Alexander Carruth, Recruitment and Membership Engagement Director
Year: Senior
Major: Biochemistry
“Being part of SHAC has been one of the best decisions I have made so far at UT. I really love the community and people that are part of this organization, as they are all fun and warmhearted. Being able to work towards improving policies related to student health has been an exciting and challenging endeavor, and I can't wait to continue that this semester!”

Kareena Shokar

Kareena Shokar, Communications Director
Year: Junior
Major: Public Health
“SHAC has allowed me to explore a wide range of UHS health initiatives as well as advocate for the concerns of the student body. I have been given the opportunity to develop projects and initiatives, as well as compile data-driven reports that are then given as recommendations to UHS. SHAC has also provided me with a fantastic community of individuals who genuinely want to make a positive impact on students, faculty, and staff. I'm so excited to see what we accomplish this upcoming year!”

Rhea Mudnal

Rhea Mudnal, Officer Liaison
Year: Sophomore
Major: Computer Science
“As a SHAC member, I have been able to be both an ally and a voice for all UT students and their health-related concerns. Through activities such as educating elementary students on public health and being part of UHS interviews, I’ve been able to spread awareness and learn about important topics in healthcare. This year, I am very excited to meet the new SHAC members and to have more in person events!”

Rehana Shaik

Rehana Shaik, Officer Liaison
Year: Sophomore
Major: Biochemistry
“Coming into college, community and service were a huge part of what I looked forward to and SHAC has allowed me to feel fulfillment in both aspects. SHAC has connected me to the student body and given me a sense of purpose at UT that I would not have had otherwise. Through the organization, I have met friends and made concrete impact as a general member and a member of the leadership team. I am a huge believer in giving back to your community and SHAC has allowed me to give a voice to myself and to the people I represent in the student body which is something that I value immensely.”

Maria Ghaly,

Maria Ghaly, Officer Liaison
Year: Junior
Major: Biology
“SHAC has provided me with the invaluable opportunity to work directly with UHS and other highly-motivated members to advocate for the needs of my fellow students and promote health and well-being on campus. It has been tremendously fulfilling to work on countless projects, focusing on topics from COVID-19 to contraceptives to insurance literacy, that can have a positive impact on student health. I am grateful for the countless transferable skills and unique experiences SHAC has equipped me with, as well as the sense of community and fun times that I have had with my peers. I have loved being able to see SHAC continuously grow and improve over the years to better serve the student body and am incredibly excited to see what the coming year has in store!”


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