Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)

SHAC 2014-15 Co-chairs Kahn Ryu & Caitlin DeClercq

SHAC 2015-16 Co-chairs Dax Vivid & Zoey Cigar-Hodge 

The Student Health Advisory Committee is an advisory board to University Health Services-Tang Center and campus administration that represents the entire student population at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) meets 3-4 times per semester and makes recommendations to the Tang Center Executive Director and the senior management team of University Health Services--Tang Center (UHS). The specific functions of SHAC are to:

  • Create an organized dialogue between students and administration about student health and counseling needs, and UHS programs and services.
  • Provide program and service advice/consultation.
  • Advise UHS regarding insurance and budget issues, and student impact.
  • Identify educational/informational needs of students.
  • Address barriers related to seeking care and provide user feedback around accessibility and ease of use.
  • Assess emerging student issues and keep UHS connected to student life and campus.
  • Give campus administrators planning advice given student needs and budget constraints.
  • Assess perception of UHS services.
  • Provide student input through additional channels such as hiring and other Tang Center committees.

SHAC strives to reflect the diversity of the student body and includes representatives from the ASUC, bridges Multicultural Resource Center, Committee on Student Fees, Greek Community, Graduate Assembly, Health Worker Peer Education Program, Immigrant Student Issues Coalition, international students, multiple recruitment and retention centers, National Pan-Hellenic Council, queer and transgender students, Residence Hall Assembly, Student Parent Association, Transfer/Re-entry Student Association, University Students Cooperative Association and at-large undergraduate and graduate students. See membership list below.

Joining SHAC
The official SHAC membership recruiting period begins at the start of each fall semester. Open positions for specific communities can be filled throughout the academic year.

2015-16 Recruiting Update
SHAC membership recruiting period is now open! See application details below:

Make a Positive Impact on Campus Health: Apply for SHAC

Interested in student health? Do you want to voice the health issues of your communities? The Tang Center/University Health Services is looking for both undergraduate and graduate students to join the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). SHAC fosters an organized dialogue between students and the Tang Center Executive Director and senior managers about student health and counseling needs. Members consult on programs/services, student health insurance and budget issues, informational needs of students, accessibility and ease of use, and emerging student issues.  
  • MEETING TIMES | SHAC meets three times per semester on Wednesdays from 5-7pm on 9/23, 10/21, 11/18 for Fall 2015 and 2/10, 3/16, and 4/20 for Spring 2016. New members will also be required to attend a mandatory new member orientation on Wednesday 10/1 from 5-7pm.

  • APPLY | DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply by September 7 for first selection deadline at Those applying by the original deadline will given priority consideration. We will continue to accept applications after the deadline for certain open community positions. Questions? Contact SHAC co-chairs Dax Vivid & Zoey Cigar-Hodge at


For more information, contact SHAC co-chairs Dax Vivid & Zoey Cigar-Hodge (SHAC chairs) at


Contact Us
Staff to the Committee: Bene Gatzert, (510) 642-3629 and Kim Jarboe LaPean, (510) 643-3920

Related Links


SHAC 2015-16 Membership Listing

Member name *=graduate student Community
Brittney Enin African-American/Black Students
Fadi Farsakh Arab Recruitment and Retention Center
Arya Aibadi ASUC
Diya Das At-large Graduate Student
D'Mani Thomas At-large Undergraduate Student
Maya Mahajan At-large Undergraduate Student
Marisa Maisiak Berkeley Student Cooperative
Gabriel Tolliver Cal Vets
Pending Committee on Student Fees
Camila A. Moreno-Jimenez Educational Opportunity Program
Mark Shapero Graduate Assembly
Andrew Mead Greek Community
Naomi Uwaka Immigrant Students
Ashton Teng International Students / Transgender Students
Courtney Sarkin Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Questioning Students and Health Worker Program
Maricarmen Hernandez Multi-Cultural Greek Council
Paolo Joaquin Pilipino Academic Student Services (PASS) and REACH! Asian Pacific American Recruitment and Retention Center
Pending Residence Hall Assembly
Zoey Cigar-Hodge SHAC co-chair
Dax Vivid SHAC co-chair
Marten Lohstroh Student Parents / Graduate Student
Erica Lawrence Students with Disabilities
Arvin Azizi Transfer Students
Elioth Gomez Undocumented Students
Non-voting members
Bene Gatzert Tang Center
Claudia Covello Tang Center
Kim LaPean Tang Center


SHAC 2014-15

SHAC 2014-15

SHAC 2013-14

SHAC 2013-14


SHAC 2012-13

SHAC members 2012-13



SHAC 2011-12

SHAC members 2012


SHAC 2010-11

SHAC 2010


SHAC 2009-10


SHAC 2008-09




SHAC 2007-08

SHAC 2008-09


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