Student Leadership

Student Affairs at Rutgers School of Health Professions encourage students to take advantage of opportunities offered to learn, lead, and serve. By being an involved student, you add value to your personal and professional development.

Some ways to be involved at Rutgers SHP include:

  •  Becoming an active member of our Student Government Association. Nominating  period for the executive board is July 1 – Aug. 31. See the Student Government Association tab for more information.
  • Joining or starting your own organization or club
  •  Attending student success workshops and gain critical organization and assessment skills

Hands-on learning and exposure to different professions does not only happen in the classroom. Our students volunteer in the community, while learning in a safe, motivating environment.

They have:

  • Volunteered at the NJ Special Olympics
  • Hosted informational tables at Rutgers Day
  • Engaged in other volunteer and social justice initiatives across the state
  • Joined professional associations and presented at regional and national meetings

If you have any questions about the SGA or student organizations, please email

Rutgers School of Health Professions Student Government Association (SGA) offers students the opportunity to make the most of their college or graduate experience by representing the student body as an advocate and a leader.

Students involved with the SGA will learn important management, communication, and interpersonal skills. Board members will collaborate as a team, providing a forum for School of Health Professions students’ interests and concerns.  The SGA is expected to work closely with Student Affairs to address student needs, and help plan important school-wide events.

The SGA provides a path for involved students in initiatives that will enhance interdisciplinary experiences among students, and further the school’s mission. Students will have the opportunity to plan community service activities, and participate in trainings to develop leadership and interpersonal communication skills.

Calling all students! Nominate yourself or a fellow student to one of six SGA executive board positions. After the nominations are in, the student affairs office will reach out to you to promote your candidacy on the SHP website.
Nominating period: Now until April 20th Voting period: TBD
Student body = all matriculated students enrolled at the School of Health Professions
Student Government Association (SGA) = Governmental organization to represent the student body. The SGA includes the Executive Board, one representative from each student organization, and at-large representatives.

Qualifications to serve in the SGA as an Executive Board member or At-Large Representative
1. Registered SHP matriculated student in at least their 2nd semester (6 minimum credits); maintaining good academic standing.
2. No student code of conduct reported infractions.
3. Recommendation from an SHP administrator or faculty member

Executive Board (Student Government Officers) officers are elected by a majority vote. All officers must provide service to the college to enhance the life and activities of SHP students. All officers must inform Student Affairs of changes in status of qualifications to stay in office. All officers must participate in student leadership training or other professional development activities provided.

The SGA executive board includes the following:
• President
• Vice President
• Treasurer
• Secretary

Student Government Officer Position Descriptions

President Duties:
1. Plans/presides all SGA meetings, and suggests policies
2. Chairs all meetings, follows the Robert’s Rules of Order (
3. Appoints all standing/special committees and will be an ex-officio member of all of them, ensures there is representation on all committees
4. Represents student body at all college ceremonies/events
5. Votes only in case of a tie
6. Available via email to assist with SGA matters

Vice President Duties:
1. Attends all SGA and executive board meetings
2. Coordinates all committees approved or appointed by the President
3. Acts as Sergeant-at-Arms at all meetings of the SGA
4. Must be knowledgeable of regulations, guidelines, by-laws and Robert’s Rules of Order
5. Assumes the powers and duties of the President in his/her absence

Treasurer Duties:
1. Attends all SGA meetings and executive board meetings
2. Keeps an itemized account of ledger receipts and expenditures of the SGA, make available a written report at meetings as needed. Will provide a final report due at the end of each academic year.
3. Examines all SGA bills for proof of validity of payment
4. Maintains financial records at all times

Secretary Duties:
1. Attends all SGA meetings and executive board meetings
2. Keeps a permanent record of all meetings of the SGA or designate someone to do so on their behalf
3. Ensures the availability of the records at all times
4. Will carry on the correspondence pertaining to affairs of the SGA as designated by the president
5. Relays content to Student Affairs for SGA website and communications

Organization Representatives
Each authorized and active student organization must select one member to represent that organization at the SGA meetings as an officer of the organization, and liaison between the SGA and the organization. This person will attend SGA meetings and present reports to the SGA from their organization as requested.

Student Government-At-Large Representatives Students who are not executive officers, and not serving as an SGA student organization representative, who desire to serve on the SGA may serve as representatives-at-large, upon the approval of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and the majority vote of the elected SGA members.

Ready to get involved? Apply now to be a member of SGA!

A unique opportunity is currently available to SHP students. Now is the time to create clubs, organizations and societies that will enhance the Rutgers SHP experience. To do this, become a Student Government Association At-Large Representative. Complete the following application to nominate yourself!  Visit the links below to get started.

The SGA nomination period and election for all executive board positions is going on now!

To nominate yourself you must meet the SGA requirements (outlined in members descriptions), complete a nomination form, and have an SHP administrator or faculty member complete a recommendation form on your behalf. All nomination forms go directly to the SHP Office of Student Affairs for review.

2019-2020 SGA President
Mercedes Aguirre
Doctor of Physical Therapy (Newark)
Mercedes Aguirre
2019-2020 SGA Vice President
Jamie Bailey
Doctor of Physical Therapy (Blackwood)Bailey Jamie's photo
2019-2020 SGA Fundraising Chair
Marc DeLellis
Doctor of Physical Therapy (Blackwood)
Marc DeLellis's photo

2019-2020 Treasurer
Elizabeth Colonna
Doctor of Physical Therapy (Newark)
Elizabeth Colonna, SGA treasurer

Chase Stopyra, our former SHP Student Senator, has reached the end of his term. We thank Chase for all of his hard work helping improve the student experience at Rutgers and the School of Health Professions.

The nomination period for the new SHP Student Senator for years 2020 and 2021 is now open and closes on April 1, 2020. TheRutgers University Senate is a university-wide deliberative body consisting of representatives of Rutgers faculty, students, staff, administrators, and alumni. The Senate meets with or nine times during the academic year to consider matters of general University interest, and to make recommendations to the University administration on those matters. The meetings are held on Fridays once a month at 1:10 pm (majority of meetings held on New Brunswick campus). Please know that there are also earlier meetings which take place. Please contact the senate for more information about meeting times. Candidate must be able to travel
on meeting dates to appropriate SHP campus.

SHP Nomination Period – Nominations may be submitted online by no later than April 1, 2020 using this Nomination Form. After April 1st, we will ask each nominee for a candidacy statement (200 word max), which will be used in the elections to follow, if we have several nominees.

Eligibility – To be eligible for the SHP Student Senate position, the candidate should be an SHP current student in good standing, be able to attend RU Senate meetings and will NOT be graduating or completing study before June 30, 2020.

Questions – For any questions, please email For more information about the Rutgers Senate please visit their website @ .