Updated: HPSA Elections

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UPDATED: Congratulations to the 2016-17 HPSA Board!

  • President Nikki Kanthety
  • VP of Programming & Events: Bianca Desai
  • VP of Communications: Stephen Bowden
  • VP of Mentorship: Micah Earley
  • VP of Finance: Amelia Whitman

President: The HPSA President serves as a liaison between health policy students and HPM faculty. You will oversee four committees: Mentorship, Finance, Communications, and Programming. You will be responsible for communicating and coordinating with each board member and his/her corresponding committee. The President attends HPSA events and provides programming assistance as needed. The President plans regular meetings with the board and sets both near and long-term goals/objectives for the organization. You will collaborate with other student leaders throughout the School of Public Health and attend biweekly PHSA meetings. Finally, the President coordinates service opportunities for health policy students.

VP of Programming & Events: Your responsibilities include planning career-enhancing and networking events, such as panels, workshops and academically-driven seminars.  In addition to these activities, you will also be responsible for planning social events that enhance the graduate student experience.  A person in this position should be a comfortable with organizing events and coordinating with different departments at GW such as Career Services and the Center for Student Engagement.

VP of Communications: Your primary responsibilities revolve around email, the blog and social media. Each week, you will send out the HPSA Monday Memo, detailing upcoming HPSA (or other GW public health) events, interesting/recent news stories, awesome HPSA or public health involvement opportunities and the blog. The blog is a fantastic place to showcase your own writing on public health or policy issues you find interesting, as well as offering your classmates a platform to share their ideas. You will manage the blog schedule, correspond with interested students, seek new writers and promote the content in the weekly memo and on social media. The HPSA Facebook page is a great way to invite students to upcoming HPSA events and feature blog content. You should be prepared to schedule time each week to send the Monday Memo, including time to cultivate content for the body of the email. This position requires someone with excellent written communication skills and attention to detail. Familiarity with WordPress would be a plus.

VP of Mentorship Program: This position is responsible for planning periodic programming to engage all current mentors and mentees in the HPSA mentorship program. In addition, to planning events, you will be responsible for recruitment of mentors and mentees for the upcoming cycle. A person in this position should be comfortable reaching out to many in the health policy community, creating marketing materials and holding social events with a keen eye for detail to keep track of all moving pieces.

VP of Finance: Your primary jurisdiction is over the budget. You will be responsible for requesting funds through the GWU OrgSync portal and updating the rest of the HPSA Board on the amount of funds remaining. You will also need to be willing to work with other HPSA Board members to plan events, and be able to relay messages to the Board regarding the status of funding requests. This position requires someone with great attention to detail, an ability to submit timely funding requests and work with other student leaders to secure necessary funds, and enthusiasm to collaborate with other health policy students to create unique events for other students.


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