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University Council

Logo of University Council

The purpose of University Council (UC) is to promote and advocate for the interests and welfare of all the students at SUNY Downstate as related to campus-wide issues and activities.

All Student Activity fee paying members of Downstate's student body are members of University Council .

UC funds various clubs and organizations at SUNY Downstate and meets monthly. Your University Council, with representation from all 5 colleges/schools, serves as a liaison group between students and administration for all pertinent matters to the total student body. The council deals with university-wide issues such as SUNY budget cuts and tuition increases, as well as stays informed about state-level discussions via affiliations with the SUNY Student Assembly and SUNY Council. UC funding co-sponsors activities such as Winter Ball/Spring Fling, an annual semi-formal dance, the Multicultural Fair, a Service Learning Poster Competition, and the Thanksgiving Dinner.

Do you have any suggestions/ideas for improving anything at our institution? Please fill out the University Council "Suggestion Box" Form

Here are the e-mail addresses, plus a little information about your UC leadership representatives:

Name Program Email Address  
Michelle Garcia
College of Medicine


Michelle is a part of the College of Medicine Class of 2019. She previously held the title of University Council Vice President and Secretary and Latino Medical Student Association Treasurer. Currently she takes pride in her dedication to volunteering, mentorship, and remaining an active member of the Downstate community via programs and organizations such as HPREP, BFC, Residential Life and Services Staff member, Admissions Office Tour Guide, and more.
Andrew Hasenzhel
(Vice President)
College of Medicine and School of Public Health Andrew is an MD/MPH student currently in his third year of medical school and a graduate of School of Public Health. He has previously served as the SUNY SA and SUNY Council representatives on UC, the Educational Chair for the AMA/MSSNY club, and as RISE counselor at the BFC. He is also the chair of the Student Liaison Committee for his graduating year of medical school. He has returned to the School of Public Health as a guest lecturer to discuss how to approach your political representatives to enact change in your community.
Shelley Jain
College of Medicine Shelley is a third year MD student and is the treasurer of University Council. She is the Class of 2020 AAMC Student Representative and on the board of Humans of Downstate. She has been involved as a volunteer with the Brooklyn Free Clinic, Students for Social Responsibility Club, and Orientation Leader. Additionally, Shelley is involved with the Global Health Club and Medical Educator Pathway.
Esther Milina
College of Health Related Professions Esther Milina is a 2nd year Occupational Therapy student in the SOHP program. She is active in her program through participating in information sessions, Back Pack Awareness Day as well as promoting Occupational Therapy through tabling events and Exploring Health Careers Program. 

Kristen Lu


School of Graduate Studies


Kristen is a PhD student currently in her 4th year of graduate studies. She was previously the Co-President for the Downstate Medical Entrepreneurship Club and currently serves as the Vice President for Downstate Dialogues. She is also a facilitator for the College of Medicine Ethics Pathway.

Erilande Silma (SUNY-SA Representative) School of Health Professions  Erilande is a Medical Informatics student in her second year of graduate studies in the College of Health-Related Professions (SOHP) department. She also serves as the President of the Student Medical Informatics Association

Ericka Boucard 

(SUNY-SA Representative)

School of Health Professions

Currently first year in the Medical Informatics Graduate program at the College of Health Related Professions. Served on the executive board of Brooklyn Free Clinic as Chief Administrative Officer and Operations Manager.  Member of the Advisory Board of Downstate Diagnostic Medical Imaging Program, as class Vice President of 2018. Currently the Coordinator of America Reads Program at Kings County Hospital Pediatric Unit. Member of the Downstate Christian Fellowship.

Timothy Morello  College of Medicine and School of Graduate Studies Tim is an MD/PhD student in his first year of graduate studies. He has served as Chair for the Student Liaison Committee, as facilitator for Problem Based Learning in the medical school, and as director of summer curriculum for the Early Medical Education program.
Alyson Clarke School of Public Health

Alyson Clarke is currently a second year MPH student representing the school of public health on the University Council for the first time. She is also serving her first year on the school of public health Student council.

Zaki Azam College of Medicine Zaki is an MD student currently in his 4th year of graduate studies. He has served leadership roles in Downstate's Ophthalmology Club & Brooklyn Free Clinic and is an avid leader in the Medical Educators pathway.
Charles Park College of Nursing Charles is currently a student in the College of Nursing ABSN program and set to graduate in August of 2019. He is the President of the Nursing Student Council and serves as a student representative in the College of Nursing admissions committee.
Oladunni Ogundipe College of Medicine Oladunni is a member of the College of Medicine Class of 2021. In addition to her duties on University Council, she volunteers through Students for Social Responsibility Club providing health screenings and vaccinations to the local community. She is also an avid member of the Bioethics Pathway and the Global Health Elective and will serve as an Academic Mentor for the incoming College of Medicine Class of 2022.
Hailey Huddleston (College Council Member) College of Medicine Hailey is currently in her third year of medical school. She has been a medical knowledge tutor since second year and is involved in orthopedic research. She is also a member of the Students for Social Responsibility club. 

Samantha Ringstaff 

(College Council Member)

School of Health Professions

Samantha is a 2nd year Occupational Therapy student in the SOHP program.  She is currently the Treasurer for the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) and has participated  in information sessions for prospective students, Backpack Awareness Day, and Assistive Technology Day as part of Downstate Disabilities Week.

The University Council Leadership Communication Structure

University Council Leadership Communication Structure

Your University Council co-sponsors funding for clubs across campus, and allocates funds to clubs for the full academic year every March. Bylaws, meeting minutes, and the financial documents outlining whether or not your club has funding from different student councils can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming a leadership representative of University Council or want further information please contact Amy Urquhart through eMail or call 718-270-2485.