Student Government


Pictured from left to right – Sarah Bui, Lisa Staples, Hasheemah Afaneh, Enijah Smith-Joe

LSU Health Sciences Center School of Public Health has an active Student Government Association. The SGA sponsors a variety of student-focused activities throughout the year.

SGA Constitution
SGA Newsletter
Meeting Agendas
Log Volunteer Hours
Mentor Match-Up Booklet

Our meetings are held in LEC Room 303 on the fourth Monday of every month from 12:00 to 1:00 PM.

Click here to send us an email.

Officers for 2017-2018:

PresidentEnijah Smith-Joe, MSW/MPH CandidateEnijah Smith-Joe is a native of Sacramento, CA. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Howard University and is currently working towards both her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences and her Master of Social Work. Enijah has a passion for working with people in underserved communities, especially children & young adults. In the past, she has worked directly with individuals, aged 3-20 years of age through employment at community centers, nonprofit academic enrichment programs, and private schools. Behavioral health, mental health and substance abuse are her academics areas of interest, and in the future, she hopes to help bridge the gap between childhood education and mental healthcare resources on school campuses to ensure underserved youth are receiving all the support they need. Enijah enjoys going to the movies, spending time with family, and traveling. She is extremely outgoing and always available for advice or questions. Please feel free to reach out to her!

Vice PresidentHasheemah Afaneh, MPH CandidateHasheemah Afaneh is a second year BCHS Master of Public Health candidate. At LSUHSC, she has been involved with the Health Roots for You project as well as developing an environmental education curriculum. She graduated from Birzeit University (BZU) in the occupied Palestinian territories with a BSc in nutrition and dietetics. She became active in the health arena through her undergraduate years as the BZU’s former president of Nutrition club, and as a member in the Environment Club and Right to Education Campaign. As a Palestinian-American, she has been exposed to two, distinct health spheres with similar issues, and as a result, her interests regard food security, refugee health, and health policy. In summer 2017, she traveled back to Palestine and interned with the Institute of Community and Public Health at BZU and Juzoor. Hasheemah finds time to blog and has written for various publications, including the Huffington Post. Feel free to reach out to me.

TreasurerLisa Staples, MPH CandidateLisa Staples is an MPH Student in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She was born and raised in Carmel, NY. She graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Spanish at SUNY Binghamton University. Upon graduation, she was accepted into Teach for America and was placed in South Louisiana. She taught Pre-K and Kindergarten for four years. After her experience as an educator, she is now in her second year pursuing an MPH. During her first year as a student, she was accepted into the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship, and received grant funding from the Human Development Center on campus to pursue her project. Her fellowship project, “Little Bitty Learning”, focuses on childhood obesity by teaching Early Head Start families about nutrition and family health through Cooking Matters curriculum and research-based content. If students are interested in volunteering in the project, please feel free to contact Lisa. She is also a LEND Trainee for the LA Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities. In that experience, she will participate in a nine-month, interdisciplinary training program that develops her as a Maternal and Child Health leader in Louisiana. Outside of school, she is also the Assistant Director of a local tutoring company called Phillips Kids Tutoring. Amidst all her many responsibilities, she also enjoys cooking, volunteering at her church and exploring the city with her husband. She is very excited to serve as this year’s SGA Treasurer. She is hoping to make this year impactful for the students within the School of Public Health.

SecretarySarah Bui, MPH CandidateSarah Bui is an MPH student in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences. She was born and raised in New Orleans and loves everything NOLA, from cheering for the Saints to the culture and food. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Secondary Teaching Degree from Loyola University New Orleans. She loves working with kids and has taught fifth- and ninth-grade science. Her main academic interest includes vision health, with plans to pursue a career in optometry. She loves going to concerts, traveling, volunteering, and trying new things. Sarah is always willing to talk/listen, so don’t be afraid to ask.