Dean's Student Advisory Board

Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz (center) with dean's student advisory board members (left to right) Firas Aljizani, Carissa Lange, Aarohi Darisi, and Grace Gill


The Dean's Student Advisory Board (DSAB) is comprised of SPHHS students who advise the dean and provide ideas for improving the student experience.

Who we are: 

The board is composed of both undergraduate and graduate full-time students in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Members are nominated by department chairs, program directors, advisors, faculty, staff, other board members, or self-nomination and appointed by the Dean.   
Firas Aljizani, Graduate Student/Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Aarohi Darisi, Undergraduate Student/Public Health Sciences 

What we do: 

  • Advise the Dean regarding strengths and challenges within the school 
  • Provide ideas for improving the student experience  
  • Take an active role in soliciting input from other SPHHS students 
  • Represent student perspectives on various committees 
  • Become an agent for creating a supportive and positive culture in SPHHS 
  • Organize student events to support the school’s mission and vision 
  • Advise the Dean in the choice of the Senior recognition event speaker 

The board’s recommendations help to influence the school’s goals, services, programs, and overall effectiveness.