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Be the Student Voice of SHP

The USGA Senate consists of students representing the seven undergraduate schools of UAB. The School of Health Professions currently holds two seats in the Senate. 

We need students like YOU to be the voice to inspire, unite, and lead other Blazers on campus. As an active leader in the USGA Senate, you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and administration to develop long-lasting changes across UAB. Whether you have a desire to expand your team-building skills, enhance your resume, foster strong relationships with other notable leaders, or increase awareness on a topic you are passionate about; the USGA Senate is the place to start. 

Why Run?

  • Develop valuable leadership and team building skills.

  • Meet notable leaders on campus.

  • Create long-lasting, diverse relationships with other Blazers.

  • Serve your community as a peer advocate.


Application Deadline 

Students must apply by February 2, 2024. Contact Eleanor Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Attend one of the following information sessions:

  • Friday, January 28 at Noon 
  • Tuesday, February 1 at Noon 

Zoom ID: 895 4364 7802

Meet Your Current Senators

  • Brent Jackson, Biomedical Sciences
  • Anne Liu, Biomedical Sciences
  • Snekha Rajasekaran, Biomedical Sciences
  • Yesenia Villanueva, Biomedical Sciences

Anne Liu

Anne Liu, '24, Biomedical Sciences

Yesi Villanueva
Yesi Villanueva, '24, Biomedical Sciences
  • Anne Liu
  • Yesi Villanueva
  • Brent Jackson

  • Anne Liu

    Why did you join the Senate?

    I joined USGA Senate to advocate for policies and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, not just in the School of Health Professions (SHP), but also supporting positive, progressive impacts across all UAB’s campus.

    What is your platform?

    • Allow a more inclusive environment to connect peers organically and nourishing genuine relationships.
    • Bridging gaps between SHP students and faculty.
    • Engage directly with feedback from the student body.
    • Expand student outreach and engagement through interactive social media opportunities.
    • Increase promotion for mental wellbeing support among the student population.
    • Limelight and provide accessible resources to address mental burnout of higher education students.

    What do you hope to accomplish?

    With my time as an SHP Senator, I hope to bring about the voices of our students through voicing mental health and wellness awareness. Additionally, I am committed to working collaboratively with my fellow SHP Senators and peers to address challenges facing our school and our campus community.

    What are your plans after graduation?

    Currently, I am looking to enroll in a master’s program at UAB to further pursue professional school and my personal career goals!

  • Snekha Rajasekaran

  • Yesi Villanueva

    Why did you join the Senate?

    I joined the USGA Senate to become a representative of the SHP student body and to advocate for students’ needs.

    What is your platform?

    • Promote diversity and inclusivity, specifically of Hispanic/Latine students, within the School of Health Professions through student spotlights.
    • Promote an environment where students in all SHP academic programs (Biobehavioral Nutrition and Wellness, Biomedical Sciences, Disability Studies and Rehabilitation Science, and Health Care Management) feel heard and cared for.
    • Establish community outreach initiatives for SHP students.
    • Create community outreach initiatives for volunteer experience and opportunities to socialize and form relationships.
    • Provide more standardized testing resources and tutoring opportunities for students.

    What do you hope to accomplish?

    I hope to increase engagement between the School of Health Professions and USGA. I also aspire to effectively address the needs of SHP students and implement a more inclusive science tutoring system for SHP students.

    What are your plans after graduation?

    Take a gap year, teach English abroad in Spain, and then attend medical school!