Student Organizations

Involvement in student organizations creates opportunities for students to build professional relationships and participate in service outside the classroom. The College of Pharmacy also values student input in our governance process, so students have elected representation on College and University committees.

Health Outreach

If you are planning a health outreach activity*, you must request approval at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Visit the CoP Community Outreach canvas course site for additional requirements and information.

  • View this link for a full definition and examples.
  • Any time a student engages in unpaid health outreach, the approval form must be submitted in advance.
  • Anytime a student is getting paid (eg. internship) for health outreach, they must not present themselves as a U of M student (eg. no UMN branded white coat, no UMN ID badge).

*Health outreach activity: any activities that involve providing health-related information or care.

Branding & Logos

Registered student groups must adhere to all University brand guidelines and policies. These policy updates include student group names, general use of the University of Minnesota name, use of University of Minnesota marks, apparel colors, and digital disclaimers. Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) may not submit brand requests including the ‘Block M’ and “Goldy Gopher''. No policy changes have been made for Campus Life Programs (CLPs) who must receive approval from their University department for all logos, promotional materials, and digital presence. 

RSOs are allowed to use the official “Block M RSO Mark” or “Goldy RSO Mark”:

  • These marks must be used in their entirety, without alteration, and may not be combined with any other marks. In addition, RSOs must use these marks in compliance with University graphic standards and policies. 
  • ALL designs MUST be approved by University Relations - regardless if they have been used or approved in the past (z.umn.edu/URbrand)

RSOs may also use “College of Pharmacy”, “Pharmacy”, or the Block M only with express approval:

  • RSOs must submit mockups of all designs and visuals for all items must be approved prior to announcing the sale 
    • Ex. If you plan to put this on a t-shirt, water bottle, and lanyard, all variations of layout and colors must be included in the request
  • Apparel/merchandise cannot contain both “College of Pharmacy” or “Pharmacy” and the RSO name or logo on the same item
  • Designs are approved for a single order only and must be re-submitted for approval for each subsequent fundraiser
    • Ex. If you plan to use this on t-shirts now but plan to do water bottles in the spring, you need to submit a new request for the spring order
  • Instructions:
    • Submit your requested designs to the Director of Communications (Dawn Tucker, tucke522@umn.edu)
    • Dawn will review and then submit college-approved designs to University Relations for official review and approval
      • This process may take several weeks, so be sure to plan ahead.
      • When you receive the approval email from UR/Dawn, hang onto it and use it to help with printing vendors if needed.

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Student Governance

Student Governance

There are several levels of governance where professional pharmacy students have representation:

COLLEGE LEVEL

ACADEMIC HEALTH SCIENCES LEVEL

Health Sciences Student Consultative Committee 
The Health Sciences Student Consultative Committee (HS SCC) represents the graduate, professional, and undergraduate students and not the individual institutes, colleges, schools, or departments within the Health Sciences. 

UNIVERSITY LEVEL

Professional Student Government (PSG) 
The PSG Congress represents students from professional programs in the Academic Health Center along with law, public affairs, and business administration and facilitates inter-council cooperation, promotes general professional student welfare, shares knowledge, and provides for joint representation. Professional students use PSG as a forum to communicate and cooperate in promoting academic, social, professional, and economic aims.

Free Teaching Clinics

Free Teaching Clinics

HOPE (Health of People Everywhere) and PNC (Phillips Neighborhood Clinic) are free teaching clinics operated by health professions students. They aim to provide access to medical care and enhanced quality of life for underserved and uninsured populations in the Duluth and Twin Cities areas.

Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP)

Center for Health Interprofessional Programs (CHIP)

Also known as CHIP, the Center for Health Interprofessional Programs offers health professions students unique and innovative opportunities that help them connect, collaborate, network, and develop. CHIP is an internationally recognized center that provides structure, support, and inspiration, for co-curricular programmatic initiatives that enhance the aims of interprofessional education. There are several College of Pharmacy organizations housed within CHIP:

CHIP Executive Council
CHIP's governing student body is comprised of students from each health professional program. Through this organization, you'll strengthen your organizational and team-building skills, enhance what you learn in class, and have fun in the process!

CLARION
CLinician Administrator Relationship Improvement OrganizatioN (CLARION) focuses on the professional development of health professional students and includes lessons in leadership, teamwork, communication, analytical reasoning, conflict-resolution, and business practices. Participation in CLARION leads students to a more sophisticated understanding of the healthcare system in which they will practice.

Interprofessional Duluth Student Organization
The Interprofessional Duluth Student Organization (IDSO) creates more opportunities for students to learn about other health professional students. IDSO's vision is to prepare students to be an active member of the healthcare team in the future. IDSO is based on the UMN Duluth campus. 

Public Health Advocacy Student Alliance 
PhASA empowers students to improve health disparities through policy and advocacy measures.

Student National Pharmaceutical Association
SNPhA is an educational service association of pharmacy students who are concerned about the profession of pharmacy, healthcare issues, and the poor minority representation in these areas. The purpose of SNPhA is to plan, organize, coordinate, and execute programs geared toward the improvement of the health, educational, and social environment of minority communities. 

Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA)

Minnesota Pharmacy Student Alliance (MPSA)

MPSA promotes opportunities for professional growth, advancement of pharmacy practice, strengthening of clinical and patient care skills, and addressing the healthcare needs of the community. The Alliance represents eleven different pharmacy professional organizations at the local, national, and global level, and thirteen patient care projects. MPSA provides opportunities to engage with various career pathways and is actively and directly involved in matters affecting the profession at the state, national and international level.

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO)

Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO)

This student group aims to celebrate diversity, educate students and professionals about underserved populations, help enhance cultural competency, and advocates for the elimination of health care disparities in Duluth and the Twin Cities.

Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS)

Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS)

Phi Lambda Sigma, the national pharmacy leadership society, promotes the development of leadership qualities in pharmacy students. Election to the society begins after the first professional year and is based on dedication, service, and leadership in the advancement of pharmacy.

Professional Fraternities

Professional Fraternities

There are three active professional pharmacy fraternities within the College that sponsor activities involving students, alumni, and the community to foster the profession of pharmacy:

Kappa Psi Delta Psi - Duluth
Kappa Psi Epsilon - Twin Cities

Phi Delta Chi Beta Psi - Duluth
Phi Delta Chi Theta - Twin Cities

Rho Chi

Rho Chi

Rho Chi, the national honor society of pharmacy, invites students during their second professional year. Election to the society is based on scholastic achievement, character, and conduct.

UMD PharmD Organization

UMD PharmD Organization

The organization performs community projects that will help Duluth pharmacy students grow as professionals; educates people about the pharmacy profession; and organizes student activities to help pharmacy students grow as colleagues.