School of Nursing and Health Studies

Student Representation

Student representation and leadership opportunities 

Inclusion and diverse student representation is an important value of SNHS and we enthusiastically invite students to be involved in the critical work of curriculum and strategic planning, and in celebrating our School’s excellence with student focused activities and events.

Serving on a School committee will give you tremendous insight into the department, diversify your own network, and enhance your analysis and communications skills. We seek a diverse pool of candidates from all ages and abilities. 

We solicit annually and throughout the year via email. Student representatives are chosen from those who express interest and are enrolled in one of our majors. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact the Director of Academic Services contact information below. 

The following opportunities are open to students each academic year

Master of Nursing Curriculum Committee 

The Master of Nursing Curriculum Committee (MNCC) seeks two student representatives each year. The MNCC oversees all graduate nursing curricular activities within the School. Some of the committee’s work includes determination of admission requirements and processes, curriculum development and oversight, course designs, nursing practice hours (fieldwork), e-Portfolios, and final examinations. The MNCC’s goal is to ensure a robust curriculum experience and that program requirements meet the Washington Administrative Code and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education standards while serving the academic and professional needs of our graduate students. The Committee meets twice per month on Wednesdays, from 1:00-3:00 pm (typically the 1st and 3rd Wednesday). There is flexibility with meeting attendance as students and other committee members may choose to use video-conferencing to attend at a distance (we use Zoom videoconferencing) as needed.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum Committee 

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Curriculum Committee (BSNCC) seeks four student representatives, one from each cohort (both on-site and off-site cohorts). The goal of the BSNCC is to ensure a robust student learning experience through curriculum that serves both academic and professional needs of students.

The committee’s work includes determination of admission requirements, course oversight and access/delivery decisions, to ensure the curriculum meet the Washington Administrative Code and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education standards and program/curriculum evaluation and assessment. The committee meets for two hours twice per month either in-person or via Zoom (videoconferencing web-based software). Student representatives can rotate meeting attendance if scheduling conflicts arise.  Student representatives would begin serving on the Committee during their second quarter.

Health Studies Curriculum Committee

The Health Studies Curriculum Committee (HSCC) is looking for one student representative. This is a great leadership opportunity where students learn more about curriculum and provide a student voice in decisions that will affect Health Studies majors and minors. The HSCC’s work includes determination of admission requirements and processes, courses and course designs, fieldwork, and final examinations. The HSCC’s goal is to ensure a robust curriculum that serves the academic and professional needs of our students. The committee meets twice per month. The general schedule of meetings is on the 1st and 4th Tuesday from 1:15 – 2:15 pm. There is flexibility with meeting attendance as students and other committee members may choose to use video-conferencing to attend at a distance (we use Zoom videoconferencing) as needed.

Strategic Planning Leadership Group 

Seeks one graduate student and one undergraduate student representative. The strategic planning leadership group facilitates and leads the strategic planning process. In particular, the group ensues that the process of developing a School level strategic plan is an inclusive one that represents faculty, staff, and student input at all levels. Monthly meetings are held to discuss all-School feedback and refine the material resulting from that month’s strategic planning which include the following; SWOT, mission, vision, values, strategic pillars, strategic goals, financial considerations, and contingency planning. Leadership group members may be called upon to facilitate various sessions.

All-School Celebration Committee 

Seeks two student representatives to serve on the school’s All-School Celebration event planning committee. The committee is staffed by Julie Klein, associate director of advancement for the Shool, two-three staff members, one-two faculty members, two student representatives, four-five alumni representatives, and one-two board representatives. The charge of the committee is to plan and execute the spring event held in May.  The goal of this event is to bring everyone together; students, alumni, faculty, staff, board members and community members  for a fun evening celebrating the year’s achievements and for people to connect and re-connect.  Three awards are presented;  outstanding alumni, outstanding community partner and outstanding teaching. 

The committee will determine how many times to meet prior to the All-School Celebration.  An important aspect of the committee’s role is outreach to encourage all invitees to attend.  The committee members are recognized at the event program. 

Ready to get involved? 

For more information about becoming involved and obtaining an application, contact the Director of Academic Services, Clay Schwenn, at cschwenn@uw.edu. Please also include your full name in the email and the committee in which you are interested. You may also contact Clay to identify which of your classmates are on a particulare committee.


Updated December 2018