The Rutgers Global Health Institute Student Council hosted its annual welcome meeting on Friday, October 8. The virtual event was the council’s first official gathering for the 2021–2022 academic year and was led by the council’s newly installed co-presidents, Brooke Margolin and Laura Palm. The student council’s committee co-chairs and faculty mentors also were involved in the meeting, as were institute director Richard Marlink and core faculty member Mark Robson, who serves as the faculty lead for the institute’s student engagement efforts.
This year, the nearly 80-member council includes students who are affiliated with 19 schools and colleges throughout the university. The council represents the student voice at the institute and works to advance global health engagement opportunities for students throughout Rutgers. Among the council’s goals this year is to align the committees’ activities with the institute’s strategic goals, which include health equity programming related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the promotion of global health pathways for students.
Check out these live tweets from the meeting:
The annual @RutgersGHI Student Council kickoff meeting has just started. We're now hearing from @DrRicMarlink on our institute's mission ("We're all about impact.")— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
And... "Global health is not about geography, it's about health equity."
(2/n) @DrRicMarlink to our student council: "You're at different points in your academic careers. This is intentional. We hope that it's a good thing to collaborate from undergraduate to graduate, from school to school. You're at all different stages & we hope that's a positive."— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
(4/n) We're currently in breakout rooms doing ice breakers... getting to know you stuff! Just had the pleasure of meeting current students Mariam, Nazia & Zahra.— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
(5/n) There were 100+ self-nominations from students who applied to join the student council & additional nominations from @RutgersGHI #corefaculty members. Now the council has students who are affiliated with 19 schools & colleges from throughout #Rutgers.— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
(8/n) Committee co-chair Dominic Baun @RWJMS ann ounced that volunteers will be needed again to help assemble COVID-19 testing kits for use on campus at Rutgers. Stay tuned for info on how you can volunteer. Our #studentcouncil helped initiate this important project last year. pic.twitter.com/Ku4KhIoZPu— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
(9/n) Co-president Laura Palm explained that, this year, the #studentcouncil will focus on projects that correlate with what @RutgersGHI is doing with respect to health equity, COVID-19 recovery & resilience in New Jersey's vulnerable communities, #globalhealth education, etc.— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
(10/n) The meeting is wrapping up & attendees are joining breakout sessions to learn about the #studentcouncil committees.— Rutgers Global Health Institute (@RutgersGHI) October 8, 2021
THANK YOU to everyone who attended & to everyone who will help make this year a success for the @RutgersGHI Student Council.https://t.co/FSzq1DK6IQ