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Student Assembly

Student Assembly Leadership

The Student Assembly relies on strong leadership and dedicated members in order to fulfill its mission of representing, preserving, and promoting the interests of all students at the Bloomberg School.

Leaderships of the Student Assembly comprises:

  • Executive Members
  • Departmental Representatives
  • Members-at-Large
  • Committees

Get Involved in Student Assembly

All students at the Bloomberg School are encouraged to participate in the Student Assembly. Students can:

  • Run for a position in the spring, summer, or fall elections
  • Ask your department about becoming a departmental representative
  • Participate in a Student Assembly committee
  • Attend a Town Hall or general Student Assembly meeting to voice your opinions, concerns, or questions
  • Start or join a student group

Contact any of the Executive Board or committee members below for more information. 

Current Leadership

The members of the 2020-2021 Student Assembly Executive Board include:

Co-President Alan Kim sasph.president@jhu.edu

Co-President Yasmine Issah sasph.preselect@jhu.edu

Vice President for Finance and Appropriations Gabriel Lopez sasph.treasurer@jhu.edu

Co-Vice President for Communications and External Affairs** Aishwarya Javali sasph.communications@jhu.edu

Co-Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Community Affairs* sasph.community@jhu.edu

Co-Vice Presidents for Elections* sasph.elections@jhu.edu

Co-Vice Presidents for Professional Development and Academic Honors** Anvita Bhardwaj sasph.awards@jhu.edu

Co-Vice President for Quality of Life** Heather Jianbo Zhao  sasph.qualife@jhu.edu

Co-Vice Presidents for Social and Cultural Affairs* sasph.social@jhu.edu

Vice President for Student Groups Ida Ramezani sasph.groups@jhu.edu

* Vacant positions

** One vacant position

The Student Assembly’s departmental representatives for 2020-2021 include:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Elvar Bjarkson

Biostatistics Vacant

Environmental Health and Engineering Haley Garbus

Epidemiology Yuehan Zhang

Health Policy and Management Julie Ward

Health, Behavior and Society Richard (Rick) Rousch

International Health Harshini Devi Sampathkumar

Mental Health Luke Grovesnor

Molecular Microbiology and Immunology Beejan Asady

MPH Part-time Vacant

Population, Family and Reproductive Health Vacant

Doctoral Student Council Representative Vacant

The Student Assembly’s members-at-large for 2020-2021 include:

  • Piyush Kalakoti
  • Megan Brezka
  • Patrick Tyczynski
  • Jordan Gladgo
  • Alex Christopoulos
  • Nina Hoffpauir
  • Luke Grosvner
  • (13 positions are vacant)

Student Assembly Standing Committees

Communications and External Affairs Committee

  • Update and manage the Student Assembly website
  • Manage the activities on the Student Activities-L listserv which communicates events to students
  • Provide IT support for Student Assembly committees and student groups
  • Work with other committees to help provide platforms for interaction among the traditional online cohort 

Diversity, Equity, and Community Affairs Committee

  • Promote opportunities for students to get involved in community service and the community
  • Review community service grant applications for student groups interested in a community service project
  • Work to improve relations with the East Baltimore community with collaboration with various organizations, such as SOURCE, SPARC, and the administration
  • Organize events aimed at promoting community at the local, national, and international level, such as Baltimore Week and the advocacy panel series
  • Work with IDARE committee to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and oversee the implementation of the Strategic Plan

Elections Committee and MPH Co-officers

  • Organize and coordinate the spring, summer, and fall elections
  • Act as liaisons for the MPH cohort and SA. They're the main coordinators for events related to MPH cohort.

Finance & Appropriations Committee

  • Review funding applications for student events from recognized student groups and approve funds as appropriate
  • Oversee and manage the Student Assembly budget
  • Liaise between finance department and student groups for approved reimbursements

Professional Development and Academic Honors Committee

  • Coordinate the year-end faculty, staff, AMTRA, TA, and student recognition for excellence awards
  • Organize the Student Assembly auction, which raises funds for the Student Conference fund
  • Administer the Student Conference fund application and selection process
  • Organize networking opportunities with the Deans and alumni
  • Work with the Career Services Office to organize events to support the professional lives of Bloomberg School students

Quality of Life Committee

  • Organize Town Hall meetings, a forum for dialogue between students and the administration
  • Conduct the end-of-year Quality of Life survey, which helps identify priorities for improvement
  • Work on issues that pertain to the overall quality of life of students

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee

  • Plan and organize social and cultural events for all students at the School
  • Past events have included the spring formal, happy hours, welcome and end-of-the-year parties, cultural events, and talent shows.

Student Groups Committee 

  • Liaise with student groups and the Student Assembly
  • Educate student groups about rules and regulations for planning an event
  • Work with new and potential student groups and share the processes for starting a new student group
  • Coordinate and communicate with all student groups about relevant deadlines and upcoming events

 Student Assembly Ad-Hoc Committees

 Doctoral Student Council (DSC)

  • An ad hoc committee of the Student Assembly
  • Has representatives from all 10 Departments of the Bloomberg School and the school-wide DrPH program
  • Advocates for doctoral students (PhD, DrPH, ScD), with special attention to:
    • Transparency of academic requirements
    • TA compensation and working conditions
    • Student benefits
    • Funding and tuition
  • Provides a platform for sharing best practices across departments

Students may reach out to DSC representatives from their departments for help addressing issues that affect doctoral students. Elections for new DSC representatives are held in each department in April-May of each academic year.