Academic Council

The Academic Council at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies is a group of students who represent the school's four undergraduate majors.

The council acts as a liaison between the school's students, faculty, and administration and plays an active role in issues such as class and curricular changes, academic policies, and plans for the future of NHS.

In addition, the council is a conduit for students to make suggestions for improving the school and discover career paths.

The council plans signature annual events, including the Fall Ball, Senior Wine and Cheese, and Faculty Dinners. Members also participate on the school's curriculum and planning committee, as well as the admissions committee.

How to Join

Class representatives are elected at the end of each academic year, except for the incoming first-year class.  They are elected during the first few weeks of class. 

Each candidate will be required to submit a written acknowledgment of why they feel they would be a good fit for the council and what experience they have had in the past.

These submissions will be sent to their respective classes and voting will occur online.  The co-chairs will come to classes prior to election to answer questions and explain more about the process.

2016-2017 Council Representatives


Anna Buttaci, 2017 - Co-Chair
Caroline Kechejian, 2017 - Co-Chair

Class of 2017

Nicole Conrad
Natasha DeSouza

Class of 2018

Autumn Eastman
Jaclynne Nader
Akilia Namasivayam
Jacy Neczypor
David Palmieri

Class of 2019

Soriya de Lopez (Secretary)
Sheela Ranganathan
Stephanie Yuan

Reach them by clicking here.

In addition, Joan Burggraf Riley, MS, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN, associate professor of human science and nursing, is the faculty advisor.