Student Health Ambassadors

“Small healthy changes can make a big difference.”

The Student Health Ambassadors (SHAs) are a group of health-minded undergraduates that serve as liaisons between Student Health Services and BU students. The SHAs are certified peer educators through the Bacchus Network© and are trained by professionals in many areas of wellness including stress management, sleep hygiene, alcohol prevention, and sexual health.

You will see the SHAs on campus leading stress management workshops, promoting sexual health and the Condom Fairy program, handing out Finals Survival Guides, helping with flu prevention, communicating accurate health information, and planning engaging and educational events.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? Applications will open in March, 2016.

Meet the Student Health Ambassadors for 2014-2015

Alex de Groot (Lead SHA)
Health Science, SAR, 2015
I joined Student Health Ambassadors because I want to help make BU students aware of all the health-related resources available to them on campus. I strongly believe that good health is critical to academic success, and so it is my goal to help make that happen.

Christopher Laffey
Health Science, SAR 2016
Knowing the resources you have available to you can make an incredible difference in your social life, academic success and overall health. I became a SHA to help my peers learn about all of the health and wellness related services they have available to them at BU. I am proud to serve as a liaison between SHS and the BU student body and help our community live a healthier lifestyle. I am an avid runner, recreational fisherman, amateur guitarist and coffee connoisseur.

Rodja Filiz Yuzbasioglu
Health Sciences, SAR 2015
I decided to become a SHA to help my fellow students learn how to incorporate healthy behaviors in their everyday habits. I hope to go into international children’s health policy and management in the future to improve the health of as many lives as possible. Impacting BU campus’ health is a first step towards that goal. I love traveling, the Ocean State, human rights movements, and attending concerts.

Hilary Colbeth
Biology, Minor in Public Health, SAR 2015
I decided to be Student Health Ambassador because I wanted to be able to provide BU’s student body with a peer they could come to with questions and concerns knowing that they will be provided with accurate information. I hope my involvement will promote healthy choices and raise awareness of our school’s health services.

Theresa Madonna
Business Administration, SMG 2016
I became a Student Health Ambassador to help make BU students aware of the little things they can do to lead a healthier and happier life as a college student. I love Harry Potter and Disney World.

Jessica Sokol
I joined Student Health Ambassadors to help educate my fellow BU students on the countless health resources all around campus. I am interested in pursuing a career in public health and being an SHA is a great way to get started in being involved in helping those around me get access to the resources available. I love traveling, food, and helping others.

Joanna Tung
I decided to become a Student Health Ambassador because I care about my friends and peers. I believe healthy life style allows us to enjoy life to its fullest, and I would love to introduce helpful tips and learn from my peers about healthy choices. I enjoy food adventures, instrumental music, and fencing.

Claire Brown
Classical Civilization, Minor in Education, CAS 2016
I decided to become a Student Health Ambassador so that I could combine my interests in education and mental health to help advocate for knowledgeable, open-minded perspectives on student health throughout the BU community. As an SHA, I hope to use creativity, collaboration, and communication not only to empower my peers to learn as much as possible about all aspects of student health and wellness, but also to encourage them to be proactive and take advantage of the campus health services and programs that BU has to offer.

Jonathan Punnose
SAR 2016
I decided to become a Student Health Ambassador because I believe that through delivery of pertinent education and implementation of small life changes, there can be a drastic change in the quality of life for college students. Things such as stress, anxiety, and substance abuse are all issues that our university is fitted to deal with but there is sometimes a disconnect between the students’ need and the services available. My goal is to bridge that gap and help foster a happier and healthier student body.

Brian Zitin
Class of 2017
I joined the Student Health Ambassadors because I want to help students be the best versions of themselves and I believe that can only happen through healthy living and balance. I am a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, I work in a Human Adaptation Lab,and I love sleeping in.

Brian Mecca
Health Science, Class of 2016
I joined Student Health Ambassadors to combine my passion for health and wellness with my desire to inform the BU community with the many resources available to them, which in turn will help them enjoy their time in Boston even more.  I believe leading a balanced and healthy life style, but having some fun along the way is the best way to achieve success, no matter what you do.  You’ll find me instructing Group Fitness classes at Fitrec, taking on a food challenge in Boston (Rhett’s Challenge is next on my list), or in the library reading about Ancient History.

Tyler James
Economics, SMG 2016
I strove to become a Student Health Ambassador at BU because I wanted to be a part of a team with similar values.  I believe that your health is your most valuable asset. By working together I hope to help teach the BU community how to incorporate a balanced lifestyle into their every day lives. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, organic gardening, and meeting new people.

Melody Eaton
Human Physiology, SAR 2017
I joined Student Health Ambassadors to help students feel comfortable, educated, and supported within the BU community.  There are so many resources on campus that can help students overcome health related issues and as an SHA, I can provide them with support and direction. I hope my involvement will help students realize that there are many ways to integrate a healthy life style into their everyday lives. I enjoy traveling, yoga, and days at the beach.

Randall Leung
Nutritional Sciences, Class of 2017
I wanted to become a Student Health Ambassador because I believe that being in good mental and physical health is one of the keys to living a happy and fulfilling life. As a college student there are many obstacles that threaten our ability to make healthy decisions. I want to be able to educate fellow BU students about making healthier lifestyle decisions, and let them know about the abundance of services available on campus to help them with health and wellness related issues. Jazz music, food, and exercise are a few of the things I love.

Savan Shah
Class of 2017
Personal health is the single most important aspect in one’s life, but maintaining a healthy lifestyle is sometimes difficult. I decided to become a Student Health Ambassador to help people achieve this by connecting them with useful health resources here at BU. I love long walks on the beach, playing soccer, and everything about Bollywood culture.