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.
What do we do?
- Represent and advocate for the causes and interests of the student body.
- Function as a channel of communication between students and the SPH faculty and administration.
- Coordinate and organize school wide activities.
Want to get involved?
October 26, 2018 6-9pm Keefer Auditorium
Student Senate General Board Meetings
Click on a meeting date
for the links to Student Senate General board meeting materials. Archived Meeting Materials
Monday, September 17th L-311
Monday, October 29th L-311
Monday, November 12th L-311
Wednesday, December 5th L-311
Please contact Phsenate@bu.edu with any questions!
BUSPH Student Feedback Form
Below is the link to the Student Senate Feedback Form. Comments that are submitted are completely anonymous. Your email address will NOT be included in your submission. The BUSPH Student Senate will do their best to get your questions and concerns addressed.
Student Feedback Form
Student Senate 2018-2019 Executive Board:
Anna Vettiankal, President
Anna is a second-year MPH candidate pursuing a certificate in Healthcare Management. Her public health interests are centered around healthcare operations and strategy, with a focus on health systems performance, patient experience, and access to care among the infant and adolescent populations in the United States. She graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health and a minor in Healthcare Ethics. During undergrad, Anna interned and worked for a few years at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in their Child Life and Advocacy Outreach department. Currently, she is a graduate intern at the Massachusetts General Physician Organization and loves to travel and explore the city with friends in her free time. If you see her around the BU medical campus, be sure to say hi!
Sampada Nandyala, Vice President
Sampada is a second-year MPH student pursuing certificates in epidemiology & biostatistics and infectious disease. These concentrations are two among her varied public health interests, and she aims to help bridge the gap between health care professionals and the public through effective research and communication. She had previous experiences in sustainability and community development, scientific strategy, and medical affairs. Her favorite stress-relieving activities include solo jam sessions and dance parties, scrolling through street style on Instagram, and nervously watching horror movies. Heavily involved with SPH as a writing fellow for Public Health Post, a peer coach, and a student ambassador, Sampada is always around and eager to get to know the student community!
Cindrel Jagadeesan, Secretary
Cindrel is a second-year MPH candidate from India pursuing a certificate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She graduated from PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research in India with a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS). Working in the hospital as a doctor made her realize the various gaps and issues present in the health care sector. She is hoping to gain more knowledge in the public health field and looks forward to applying it in the health care setting as she plans to continue with her residency further. Traveling, exploring new food, meeting new people and networking are the things she always look forward to. Feel free to reach out by mail or Facebook anytime and she would be happy to help.
Himani Jadeja, Treasurer
Himani is a second-year MPH candidate pursuing a certificate in Healthcare Management. As a treasurer, she manages the BUSPH Student Senate budget that makes amazing and fun BUSPH events possible. She currently also serves as a Student Ambassador for BUSPH and works part-time as a Project Assistant at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. After graduating with a Bachelors of Public Health from Slippery Rock University, she served with AmeriCorps – National Health Corps Pittsburgh as a Disease Surveillance Specialist for Hepatitis C with the Allegheny County Health Department. She hopes to improve access and quality of healthcare, especially for the marginalized populations and also holds a passion for global health. She is very excited to be at BUSPH! Feel free to reach out by mail or Facebook with any questions/comments/concerns. She loves making new friends, so be sure to say hi if you see her on campus.
Morgan Simko, Internal Community Relations Chair/Faculty Senate Liaison
Certificate: Health Policy and Law
Connections outside of Senate: BU School of Medicine, Sexual Trauma Outreach and Prevention (STOP)
Reach out to her if you:
- have a question/ concern about faculty or curriculum
- want to help with inter-grad school mixers
- are good at promoting events and want to get people excited about them
- have a connection at a local pub where SPH can host events
- are a part-time student and want to commiserate
Aarohi Rede, External Community Relations Chair
Aarohi is a second year MPH student pursuing Epidemiology & Biostatistics as her functional certificate and Pharmaceuticals as her context certificate. She is a licensed dentist from India and graduated from Government Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai, India with a Bachelors in Dental Surgery. She represents BUSPH as the Student Ambassador and is also the Chair of Pharmaceuticals Program Leadership Council. Passionate about applying analytics to develop innovative solutions to public health concerns with a special interest in chronic diseases and hopes to work in a combined pharmaceutical sector and public health setting. Through her role as an External Community Relations Chair, she aims to collaborate with external stakeholders and foster a healthy network between them and the Student Senate. She is the point of contact for outside organizations seeking to connect with the student senate and represents Student Senate at external events. She loves meeting new people, is a foodie and loves traveling. Feel free to contact her via email or Facebook to say hi or if you would like to connect with the Student Senate.
Eddie Lai, Communications Chair
Edward (Eddie) is a second-year MPH candidate pursuing certificates in Healthcare Management and Pharmaceuticals. He graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia with a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences and a minor in Health Services Administration. Before coming to Boston, he previously worked at Penn Medicine and served with AmeriCorps in a high school located in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. He wants to combine his skills, passion for healthcare, and clinical education background to influence the healthcare field. He is continuously looking for ways to make the most out of everything that Boston University School of Public Health has to offer!
Bhumi Patel, Second-Year Representative
Bhumi is a second year MPH student with a concentration in Global Health & Design and Conduct of Public Health Research and a baccalaureate degree in Biotechnology Engineering. Currently, she is a Clinical Research Assistant at Boston Medical Center. As an aspiring public health researcher, she has a strong desire to put an end to the causes child malnutrition, poverty, and corruption. Moreover, being a part of the Student Senate, she wants to help fellow students with their transition at BUSPH and serve as a voice to their concerns. Feel free to contact her with any concerns!