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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

If you need to reach a member of the University Council please email them at, plus a little information about your UC leadership representatives:

Name Program  

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.
Timothy Morello
(Vice President)
College of Medicine and School of Public Health

Tim is an MD/PhD student in his third year of graduate studies. He has served as chair for several committees at Downstate including the LCME Independent Student Analysis Committee and the COM 2019 Student Liaison Committee. He enjoys his roles in education as a facilitator for Problem Based Learning in the college of medicine, as a workshop leader in the School of Health Professions, and as a previous director for the Early Medical Education program.

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.
Alyson Clarke
School of Public Healths 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.


 Jennifer Herrman

College of Nursing


Jennifer is currently a student in the College of Nursing ABSN program and set to graduate in August of 2020. She is the President of the Nursing Student Council and looking forward to serving the Downstate community through membership on the University Council.

Augustine Gnalian School of Health Professions  Augustine is currently a student in the School of Health Professions PA program.  He serves as the President on the 2019 to 2020 SoHP Student Council.

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.

Robert Beale College of Medicine

Robert Is a member of the College of Medicine Class of 2022. In addition to his duties as a voting member of University Council, he is a Peer Wellness Mentor, a patient educator at the Brooklyn Free Clinic, and vice president of the Chess Club. He currently is involved in oncology research, the Peer-to-Peer Program, and the Latin Medical Student Association.

Justin Ingram College of Medicine

Justin is currently a medical student in the College of Medicine. Outside of University Council, he has previously held Leadership Roles in the Downstate Medical Entrepreneurship Club and the SUNY Downstate Chapter of SNaHP (Students for a National Health Program). He is also a passionate member of the College of Medicine‚Äôs Health Equity Advocacy Leadership (HEAL) Pathway. 

Lauren Vicente

(College Council Member)

College of Medicine 

Lauren is a member of the College of Medicine Class of 2021. She is on the executive board of several clubs at Downstate, volunteers with the Office of Admissions, and is a member of the Student Center staff. She currently represents her peers as part of the College Council and Student Center Governing Board. 

 Andrew Hasenzahl College of Medicine

Andrew is a member of the College of Medicine Class of 2021 and an alumnus of the School of Public Health. Andrew has served University Council in the capacities of Vice President and SUNY Council, SUNY Student Assembly, and School of Public Health representative. Andrew has also served as Chair of the Student Liaison Committee and as a student representative on LCME Task Force, IMPACT 2025 Strategic Plan, Downstate and the Community Committee, and Presidential Transition Committee.

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.