SPH Student Senate

Student Senate Mission Statement:

To disseminate information, support student-initiated projects, and represent the concerns of public health students to the faculty, staff and university community. Membership is comprised of all students registered within departments of the Boston University School of Public Health. Student Senate is actively involved in community projects and its members serve on a variety of advisory boards and committees at the School and University.

Student Senate Purpose:

  • To represent and advocate for the causes and interests of the student body.
  • To function as a channel of communication between students and the SPH faculty and administration.
  • To coordinate and organize schoolwide activities.

Student Senate 2017-2018 Executive Board:

olaOlaoluwa Omotowa, President: Olaoluwa is a second year MPH candidate concentrating in Epidemiology & Biostatistics. He graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in Health, Society, & Policy and a minor in Chemistry. He plans to become a public health researcher with a special focus on health disparities. Currently, he is completing his practicum at Hologic Inc., a medical device company that manufactures on producing products that especially focus on women’s health. He was born in Nigeria, lived in Germany, and raised in Idaho. He enjoys staying active, meeting new people, and learning from his peers. So if you see him around be sure to say hi! He is looking forward to thoughtful conversations around health and healthcare. He most looks forward to collaborating with fellow students, faculty, and staff to create programs that will enrich the BUSPH student experience!
QingQing Wai Wong, Communications Chair:  Qing Wai is a first year MPH candidate pursuing certificates in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Health Policy and Law. Her public health interests lies in health disparities and decreasing the gap between research and effective healthcare policymaking. She grew up in Norwich, CT and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Biochemistry and History. Currently, she is an evaluation intern with Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Community Health Improvement, determining ways to tell the full impact and story of their initiatives in Chelsea, MA. Her passions include politics, youth development, music, and running. She is excited to fully engage with the vibrant BUSPH community!

anna ronningAnna Ronning, Finance Chair: Anna is currently a second-year MPH candidate concentrating in Healthcare Management. She graduated from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota with a B.S. in Operations Management and has a passion for student advocacy on campus. Currently, she is a Project Manager at Boston Medical Center in the Infectious Disease Dept. working with infection rates in peripherally inserted central catheters. She also works in Career Services as the Resume Advisor, so be sure to say hi around campus! She is looking forward to another semester here at BUSPH and is excited to work with an incredible group of students, faculty, and staff!

Ilkania Paulino Cenit, Community Engagement Chair: Iilkanialkania is a first-year MPH Candidate pursuing certificates in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Monitoring and Evaluation. She graduated from Brown University with Bachelor’s in Health and Human Biology and a focus on global health. She plans to become a public health researcher and use her research to advocate for the health of vulnerable populations in the U.S. and internationally. Her passion for working to improve the health of vulnerable populations stems from her identity as an immigrant; she was born in the Dominican Republic. She is very excited to work with the student body, the faculty, and staff to enhance the BUSPH experience and to engage the SPH community with our surrounding neighborhood. Please feel free to come up to her with any questions, comments, suggestions or just to say hello!

sonjaSonja Steck, Community Engagment Chair: Sonja is a first-year MPH candidate, her focus is in Program Management and on Maternal Children Health.  Sonja is interested in primary care in the form of education and opportunity, and feels that providing women and children with tools to make good health decisions is essential to all of public health.   Previously, she worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a bartender, a financial counselor at a non-profit that provided free counseling, and a researcher at the Hematology/Oncology department at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.  Currently, she works at Brigham and Women’s hospital as a research assistant, working with researchers in South Africa who focus on HIV/AIDS.  She is a runner, a hiker, a knitter, and travels as much as her budget will allow.  Sonja loves trying new restaurants, going to book readings, and making lists.  She is stoked to be back in school, learn about other people’s experiences in public health, and explore Boston!

kalpitaKalpita Patel, Social Media Chair: Kalpita is a first-year MPH candidate from Burlington, Massachusetts pursuing certificates in Health Communication & Promotion and Program Management. She began her Public Health journey while studying Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she was a troupe member in a peer health education improv troupe titled the ‘Not Ready for Bedtime Players’. From there, she moved to California to serve as a teacher with AmeriCorps City Year in South Central Los Angeles, while also building upon her improv and acting skills through movies and commercials. Through her various experiences in decreasing health disparities, promoting social justice, and teaching through mediums such as theater and acting, she made the decision to study Public Health at BUSPH. Currently, Kalpita is building upon her program management and health promotion skills as a Graduate Assistant in Boston University’s Fitness Department. Beyond that, she also sits on the committee for a non-profit initiative titled ‘DigitalLife3D’ as a Social Media and Communications Advisor, where she is able to combine her passions of wildlife conservation and research with health communication and promotion. In whatever free time she can find, Kalpita enjoys sleeping, reading, traveling, taking improv classes, running, rock-climbing, petting stranger’s dogs, exploring Boston, and convincing herself she has time for all of the above activities!

fernando ramirez del val Fernando Ramirez-Del Val, ISO Liaison: Fernando is a second year MPH candidate concentrating in Global Health and Biostatistics. He got his MD degree in 2009 and completed General Surgery training in 2015. He is also the Cardiac Surgical Outcomes Fellow at the Brigham and Women´s Cardiac Surgery Division. His research includes valvular heart disease, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, cardiovascular epidemiology and cardiac surgery outcomes, using propensity scoring. Fernando´s global health interests include global surgery, health care equity and health care indicators, especially those which incentivise performance over volume. He is available for any questions and is eager to collaborate on any projects that will enhance the students BUSPH experience.

lisa mathewsLisa Mathews, SCPH Liaison: Lisa is a second-year MPH candidate concentrating in Maternal and Child Health and in Health Policy Management. She currently serves full-time as the Data Quality Analyst Fellow at Upham’s Corner Health Center. Previously, she consulted at Boston Medical Center on EHR integration workflows, and at New Solutions, Inc., a healthcare management consulting firm in New Jersey, on grant application composition. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree with distinction in English Literature and in Cell Biology Neuroscience at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Her studies focus on workflow quality improvement, care coordination, and incentivized provider performance. Lisa enjoys international travel, classic literature, delicious food, multidisciplinary learning, exploring Boston, and teaching. She looks forward to fun, thoughtful student and faculty collaboration.



Click on a meeting date for the links to Student Senate General board meeting materials. 

September 24, 2016

October 31, 2016

November 28, 2016

January 30, 2017

February 27, 2017

March 27, 2017

Archived Meeting Materials

Please contact Phsenate@bu.edu with any questions!

Graduate & Professional Leadership Council Board (GPLCB) MPH Voting Members Needed

The Graduate & Professional Leadership Council is now soliciting applications for executive board members and looking for volunteers to serve as voting members,

Board members are elected for two year terms and their responsibilities include – drafting email communications to graduate students, setting agendas, chairing and scheduling open meetings, monitoring progress of committees and most importantly, meeting with the Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs to serve as the official liaison between graduate students and University administration.

The application for the GPLC board and more information on duties and responsibilities can be found here: Application

We are also looking for voting members to represent each college at BU. Typically there are two voting members for each school. These members attend our bi-annual meetings to vote on policy changes and committee programs. At least one voting member from each college should be in attendance at each meeting to ensure representation of the interests of all BU graduate and professional students. If your school has already selected voting members, please send their names and email addresses ASAP. If not, please help us by soliciting two students to represent your school’s interests.

Please contact Phsenate@bu.edu with any questions!

Wellness GA Opening

  • Deadline April 15, 2017

For more information about these opportunities  please visit our website.