Student Health Advisory Committee

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) contributes to the Healthy Campus Community (HCC) initiative led by the SFU Health Promotion Team.

This initiative takes a systemic, campus-wide approach to create conditions that positively enhance health and well-being. This involves working collaboratively with campus stakeholders. With students as central stakeholders, student engagement and students’ voices are key in informing, shaping, and implementing initiatives. It is a core value of the health promotion team to engage students in the process of building a healthy campus community. SHAC members contribute to the Healthy Campus Community initiative through student engagement, advocacy, and feedback.

Current Projects

Health Equity Impact Assessment - HCS Virtual Services:

SHAC is conducting a survey to understand the experiences students have had with Health & Counselling Services' virtual services. As part of a Health Equity Impact Asessment, this survey aims to identify impacts and determine whether virtual services adequately serve the needs of all SFU students. 

The deadline to complete this survey is February 22, 2021.

SFU Student Resilience during Burnaby Campus Construction Survey:

Recognizing that construction on campus can impact students, SHAC is interested in learning more about how students have been able to adapt and demonstrate resilience during construction. They hope to gather information on how students have been able to adapt and find ways to prioritize action in minimizing adverse impacts in the future.

Due to COVID-19 related transitions, the summary of findings and recommendations development has been delayed. This information will be available once finalized.

Past Achievements:

  • Cannabis dialogues, which informed a final report submitted to the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR)
  • Student dialogue sessions on mental health, which resulted in recommendations that informed SFU’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Report, Student Experience Initiative, and Mental Health Strategy
  • Student feedback and accompanying report submitted to Facilities Services in order to inform future outdoor space renovations at SFU Burnaby

If you want more info about SHAC, please contact


Bita Gholamian

Jocelle Refol

Christina Lam

Jaskaren Gill

Sarah Chae (co-lead)

Shabnam Raufi (co-lead)