Student Health Advisory Committee
Since the Fall of 1972, the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) has served as an advocate for UCLA students, working with the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center and UCLA’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to ensure that student health care needs are met. The committee consists of four graduate and four undergraduate student representatives appointed by the respective student governments, as well as a non-voting administrative liaison appointed by the Ashe Center. The committee makes its recommendations to the UCLA Office of the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Development and the Senior Executive Director of Student Health Services.
SHAC Mission
It is our mission to ensure that UCLA student health interests are represented in the development of health care policies and programs, such that all students will have access to high quality, efficient, and cost effective health care.

To view the SHAC Charter, click here.

Contact Us

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If you have any comments about your experience with the student health services at UCLA and for general questions, please send us an email

For updates and to learn more, please visit our Facebook page:

SHAC meetings are open to all students, so please contact us by email if you would like to attend our next meeting.

SHAC Activities
SHAC gathers and reviews information about students’ satisfaction with the Ashe Center and about challenges students encounter in obtaining care or using the Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP). To do so, SHAC reviews anonymous feedback from Ashe Center kiosks, speaks with campus groups and representatives, and directly responds to student emails. SHAC also participates in information fairs and works with other student groups such as the Student Health Advocates (SHAs), Student Wellness Commission (SWC), Graduate Student Association (GSA) and Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC). We also host quarterly outreach and educational events for the entire student body. 

Student Insurance Review 
SHAC is part of the Executive Oversight Board that reviews the Student Health Insurance Plan (UC SHIP) including pharmacy, medical, behavioral health, dental, and vision coverage. In this role, SHAC makes recommendations about how to balance requests for new benefits and maintain affordable health plan costs for students. 

In addition to conveying concerns and recommendations to UCLA student health administrators, SHAC is briefed on new initiatives and asked for input on potential changes to policies and services.

Get Involved! 
If you are interested in becoming a SHAC member for the upcoming academic year, please contact your newly elected student government during Spring Quarter for more information. We encourage anyone interested in campus health care to apply. You must be a student in good academic standing, attend meetings regularly, and participate actively. The SHAC appointment is a two-year stipended position with a two-year commitment. 

Are you a graduate student? 
Check out the GSA website for more information at, or e-mail the GSA president.

Are you an undergraduate student? 


Emily Hawkins 

SHAC Chair

Graduate Representative 

Ph.D. Student 

Geophysics and Space Physics, UCLA Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 

​Adam Shahar


Master of Public Health Graduate Student, Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Community Health Sciences 

Rozeta Avetisyan
Graduate Representative
Graduate Representative to the UC SHIP Executive Oversight Board 
Ph.D. Student
Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology 

Uwaila Okomoro

Undergraduate Representative 

Undeclared, BS​

Dani Lowder 
Undergraduate Representative 
Political Science, BA and International Development Studies, BA

Aaliyah Sade 

Undergraduate Representative 

Undergraduate Representative to the UC SHIP Executive Oversight Board 

World Arts and Culture, BA Minor: Global Health, Minor: Evolutionary Medicine

Oxana Ermolova

Graduate Representative 

Master of Business Administration Graduate Student, UCLA Anderson School of Management

Ty Pearson

Undergraduate Representative 

Anthropology, BS Minor: Public Health