Involvement in student organizations creates opportunities for students to develop professional relationships and participate in professional service outside the classroom. The College of Pharmacy also values student input in our governance process, so students also have elected representation on College and University committees.
Student Org Resources
- UMD Student Activities
- Twin Cities Student Unions & Activities
- Group Sustainability & Officer Transition
- Training Opportunities
- Post-Event Reflection & Evaluation
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.
- Anytime 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, including student group name requirements, 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. Campus Life Programs (CLPs) 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 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 a later semester, you need to submit a new request for the second order
- Submit your requested designs to the Director of Communications (Dawn Tucker, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 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.
- Procedure for Professional Conference-Related Absences
- CoP Conference Reimbursement Form
- PSG Professional Development Form
- MPSA and PLS members may also receive conference and travel funds through their organization
There are several levels of governance where professional pharmacy students have representation:
College of Pharmacy
College Board is the governing body for pharmacy students in the College of Pharmacy at the University of Minnesota. CB is responsible for acting as the students’ representative, acting as a liaison between students, staff, faculty, and administration, and distributing funding to other student organization initiatives. Its purpose is to advance students’ interest in the College through active participation and enhance the student experience. It is composed of class representatives, student organization representatives, and elected committee representatives.
Class Representatives are elected by their classmates to be the main agents in resolving class-wide problems, represent the class to College Board, and coordinate feedback and engage with faculty class advisors, student services, professional education, and college leadership to improve the student experience.
The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy System of Integrity provides a framework of expectations and responsibilities for members of the College of Pharmacy community. It is intended to promote a positive spirit of community, professionalism, and trust. The System is communicated, applied, and maintained by the Integrity Council: a group of students elected by their peers, and faculty appointed by College Assembly. The Integrity Council also considers reports of violations, rendering sanctions and other resolutions with restorative justice principles when the preponderance of evidence suggests that a violation did occur.
Academic Health Sciences
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.
Professional Student Government
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.
The Student Senate is the University of Minnesota's internal governance body representing all students at the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Twin Cities campuses. Each senator that serves on the Student Senate is charged with representing students within the University of Minnesota system as a whole. The Student Senate works to ensure a student voice in system-wide University decisions of policy and process.
Free Teaching Clinics
CHIP 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!
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.
International Healthcare Career Advancement Network (IHCAN)
IHCAN exists to support international students enrolled in health professional programs by providing them with valuable resources related to status, employment, and career development. The group's goal is to help create opportunities for international health science students to collaborate on diverse teams, foster cultural awareness, and eliminate barriers to success. Together, the group aims to enhance the overall well-being of our international health professional student community.
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.
U Link is a student-run, nonprofit organization composed of graduate-level students who are interested in supporting the needs of youth in our communities. Their mission is two-fold:
- Provide early intervention for youth who are at higher risk of or experiencing homelessness, foster care, sex trafficking, and/or involvement in the juvenile justice system in vulnerable communities.
- Encourage students to become leaders and advocates for vulnerable youth, while exposing students to various adversities our communities face.
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 nine different pharmacy professional organizations at the local, national, and global level, and eleven 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 levels.
Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization (MPSO)
This student group aims to celebrate diversity, educate students and professionals about underserved populations, help enhance cultural competency, and advocate for the elimination of health care disparities.
Pharmacy Leadership Society (PLS)
PLS, 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.
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, 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.
PharmD @ UMD Organization
The organization hosts community-building activities that help foster connection among Duluth pharmacy students.