Rutgers Global Health Institute has formed a student council of 52 undergraduate and graduate students from 19 different schools across the university. The council represents the student voice at the institute and will work to foster global health collaboration across Rutgers’ academic disciplines.
Council members were either recommended by an institute core faculty member or completed a self-nomination questionnaire. Each member will serve on the council for up to two years, and new students will be invited to join each fall. The council’s leadership, which is still being determined, will include two co-presidents of the council and 10 committee co-chairs—two for each of the following five committees:
Career Pathway Awareness—to make information and involvement opportunities related to career pathways in global health more accessible to Rutgers students.
Global Health Education—to represent student needs in global health education. Committee members may advocate for global health courses in various degree programs and identify avenues for global health exposure in fields beyond the clinical and public health realms (e.g., business, engineering).
Impact Case Competition—to work with institute staff and core faculty to establish an interdisciplinary impact case competition. Through this case competition, Rutgers students will develop, and potentially implement, solutions to real-life health challenges. (The first impact case competition is expected to be held in spring 2021.)
Rutgers Alumni Engagement—to connect with Rutgers alumni working in global health and related fields.
Student Organization Collaboration—to foster collaboration among student organizations to spread awareness about global health throughout Rutgers.
An inaugural student council meeting and welcome reception was held in November at the New Brunswick Theological Seminary on College Avenue. The event, which allowed members to get to know each other and learn more about the institute’s work, featured presentations by institute director Richard Marlink and the student council’s faculty advisor, Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Professor Mark Robson.
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