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Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

Students on SHAC work closely with staff to provide guidance and feedback on services and initiatives related to mental, physical, and emotional health.

Student members have the opportunity to advocate for student concerns, influence decisions around health services and initiatives, develop an understanding of managing health services and initiatives on a college campus, and develop communication and leadership skills.

If you’re interested in joining SHAC, contact SHAC Chair.

Official Functions

  • Serves as a liaison among students, student government, and administrators
  • Reviews, advises, and makes recommendations on:
    • Student Health fees
    • Application and/or use of Student Activity fees
    • Program and service assessment
    • Facility scheduling and operating hours
    • Capital projects and improvements

Composition and tenure

  • 4 students, with 1-year terms except for the Chair-Elect, which is a 2-year term (Chair – Elect steps into chair role during 2nd year).
  • 2 administrators that serve as ex-officio: Executive Director of CHS and another CHS staff member

Current Committee membership

  • McLeod, Katie, Chair (Committee term end: 2021)
  • Suresh, Joshika, Chair-Elect (Committee term end: 2022)
  • Kuykendall, Kaylene, Secretary (Committee term end: 2021)
  • Craig, Christana, Student Engagement Officer (Committee term end: 2021)
  • Taylor, Ellen, Interim Executive Director, Cougar Health Services, Ex officio (Committee term end: Indefinite)

Peer Health Education

Peer health educators are a diverse group of undergraduate leaders who work with our health promotion team to educate and empower fellow students. Students who participate in this program facilitate workshops, represent CHS at campus events, table, and collaborate with campus partners.

Peer educators will develop leadership and public speaking skills, foster positive working relationships, and gain foundational knowledge in a variety of health topics, including violence prevention, mental health, substance use, and sexual health.

Peer education is a volunteer position open to all WSU undergraduate students. Participants are required to complete an introductory training on Sunday, August 30 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. . The program has a one year commitment with 25 hours of involvement per semester and bi-weekly meetings which occur on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00pm.

If you’re interested in becoming a peer health educator, fill out the application or contact Peyton Prothero for more information.

To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)

TWLOHA is a Registered Student Organization and a chapter of the nation-wide nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and invest directly into treatment and recovery.

We work closely with TWLOHA members to provide mental and emotional health education and training. TWOLHA members work to educate the WSU community about mental health, and advise university administrators on policy related to mental health.

For more information about TWLOHA, please visit their Facebook page.