With more than 40 approved student organizations, Meharry offers its students the opportunity to develop and participate in community involvement, social, and cultural activities. There are a variety of service, social, and special interest student organizations represented on campus. Additionally, there are various other professional and Greek letter organizations represented at Meharry.
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The Pre-Alumni Association is the student government body at Meharry. This organization provides student leadership and offers an official communication mechanism for student’s ideas and opinions concerning the college, improving relationships among students, faculty, staff and administration. The Pre-Alumni Association sponsors many student activities and community service projects on and off campus. All students of Meharry Medical College are considered members.
Town Hall & Student Life Committee* Meetings
Student Leadership Luncheons
General Council Meetings
Friends and Family Weekend
Pre-Alumni Association Gala
Student Life Committee
In an effort to increase student satisfaction with their experiences at Meharry Medical College, the administration organized a Student Life Committee. Its purpose is to promote academic, social, and college-sponsored activities that encourage outstanding quality-of-life experiences, from initial enrollment through graduation. The committee is a forum and structured process for receiving student input on ways to strengthen the college.
Improving relationships between students and the Meharry administration, faculty and staff is the principal goal of the process. The Student Life Committee aims to position itself as the catalytic agent for stimulating open debate and dialogue among the campus constituencies. The Student Life Committee brings together a range of expertise from across the campus to bear on a reasonably limited set of issues before action is taken.
Led by the president of the Pre-Alumni Association, the Student Life Committee is composed of the Pre-Alumni Council (all officers of the Pre-Alumni Association and the Presidents of all registered student organizations – which includes class presidents) and 10 representatives from key areas of the administration. The committee reports to the Student Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees. Its work is supported by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and the Director of Student Life. Student concerns can be submitted using the intranet web form here, or to the Pre-Alumni Association by email firstname.lastname@example.org, who will in turn present them to the committee. The committee meets monthly from September through May. All students are welcome to attend.
A. Dexter Samuels, Ph.D., MHA
Senior Vice President, Student Affairs
Christopher J. Garner, Ed.D., MBA
Director, Student Life
Henry A. Atwater II, M.A.
Program Coordinator, Student Life
2021 – 2022 Pre-Alumni Association Elected Officers
Executive Vice President
Student Vice President to Alumni Affairs
Taylor King & Khori-Ann Willis
Corresponding & Recording Secretaries
Student Observer to the Board of Trustees
Miss School of Dentistry
Miss School of Medicine
Miss School of Graduate Studies & Research
School of Medicine Member-at-Large
School of Dentistry Member-at-Large
School of Graduate Studies & Research Member-at-Large
The purpose of the Meharry Chapter of Student National Medical Association (SNMA) serves to educate medical and premedical students in the surrounding community on the importance implementing programs for the benefit of the underserved. SNMA understands that the provision of medical education and services that are culturally sensitive are the best ways to insure that the diverse needs of the ever-growing Metro Nashville area will afford more and more students of color the opportunity to obtain admission to and successfully complete various medical curricula from the post-bac years and throughout lifelong careers. Students enrolled in the Meharry Medical College School of Medicine are automatically members of the SNMA. Click here for more information.
Student National Dental Association (SNDA) originated from concerned dental students at Meharry Medical College in 1970. The inception and creation of the National Dental Association by Meharry students organized and put together the foundation of what has become the largest minority student dental organization in the United States today. Meharry is currently the largest chapter. The primary objective is to become a supportive mechanism for minority dental students in hopes of establishing and providing a national network of communication among minority people as defined by the Department of Health and Human Services. All dental students enrolled in the School of Dentistry are members of SNDA. Click here for more information.
SNDA Oral Cancer Walk
SNDA Impression Day
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the largest student-led group of medical students in the United States. The Meharry Chapter of AMSA aims to provide the chapter with member benefits including opportunities to present research and attend national conventions, as well as to offer programming and events centered on student volunteerism, well-being, or health education. All students enrolled in the School of Medicine are members of AMSA. Click here for more information.
National Primary Care Week
The American Student Dental Association (ASDA) is a national student-run organization that protects and advances the rights, interest, and welfare of student pursuing careers in dentistry. It introduces students to lifelong involvement in organized dentistry and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy. All dental students enrolled in the School of Dentistry are members of ASDA. Click here for more information.
Annual Dental Vendor Fair
Ewell Neil Dental Research Society’s principal objectives are to create a fellowship among the freshmen – senior classes in the School of Dentistry, offer students an opportunity to stimulate research, and sponsor educational programs for the laity to improve dental hygiene. All students enrolled in the School of Dentistry are members of this society.
Cusp of Carabelli Ball
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) promotes and enhances relationships among all students, faculty, staff, and administration, the alumni of the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SOGSR), and the surrounding community. The main objective is to foster a spirit of unity and cooperation among all students enrolled. All enrolled students of SOGSR are members of GSA.
Town Hall Meetings
George Howard Memorial Lecture
OUT!Health is Meharry’s new student advocacy organization for raising awareness about health disparities related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) community. It is also a safe space for any Meharrian that may identify as LGBTQI as well as those allies of any background. If you have a genuine interest in uplifting underserved populations, such as the LGBTQI community, through patient care, research, or volunteerism, then OUT!Health is the organization for you.
To provide a network for the LGBTQQIA community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, and their Allies) to promote health care equality for all individuals regardless of their gender, sex or sexual preference.
- To facilitate educational and social activities which foster a welcoming LGBTQQIA friendly environment.
- Host events and trainings for Meharry Medical College and the larger community.
- To work with the faculty, staff, administration, and students at Meharry to increase awareness surrounding LGBTQQI health care issues, especially regarding disparities in the LGBTQQI community of color.
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