Mihir Kandarpa (He/Him)
Vice President of Well-being
Welcome to the Well-being Board! We are a new board comprised of the new Mental Health Committee, the new Public Health Committee, and the Joint Sexual Violence Advisory Committee. Throughout the year, the Well-being Board works to improve the health and well-being of all students. We place a heavy emphasis on ensuring that all aspects of well-being are prioritized including physical health, mental health, spiritual well-being, academic well-being, financial well-being, public/community health, environmental health, and sexual health. Our board also works tirelessly to address sexual/domestic abuse, assault, and violence on and around campus. By partnering with students, faculty, staff, and administrators, we build strong relationships across our campus community and ensure that students’ health and well-being is the top priority at Georgia Tech. While our board has committees focused on different areas of well-being, we work collectively to uplift the voices of each student and place students at the center of our advocacy efforts.
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Mental Health Committee
Committee Chair: Rishi Nair (He/Him)
This committee is a student think tank and incubator for mental health initiatives on campus. Our initiatives are aimed at expanding mental health services, raising awareness of spiritual well-being, destigmatizing mental health, infusing mental health into the curriculum, promoting financial and academic well-being, and supporting the various mental health needs of students. We work closely with mental health departments on campus including the Center for Assessment, Referral, and Education (CARE), the Counseling Center, and Stamps Psychiatry, mental health student organizations, and other groups involved in mental health advocacy on and around campus.
Joint Sexual Violence Advisory Committee (JSVAC)
Committee Chair: Riya Bhanushali (She/Her)
JSVAC is an inclusive and diverse SGA-led student committee, originally formed as a branch of the Sexual Violence Prevention Alliance (SVPA) as a result of the Presidential Task Force on Sexual Violence recommendations. Our vision is to create a campus where all students, faculty, and staff are protected and supported on all matters related to sexual and domestic violence. The Committee tracks and recommends changes in policy from the Federal and State to the University System and Institute levels. In addition to this, we work to expand the resources available on and off campus to survivors as well as suggest changes for pre-existing resources. As a whole, JSVAC serves as the eyes and ears on the ground about what is happening on campus with regard to sexual violence and related policies, and regularly connects with VOICE, Stamps Health Services and senior administration to ensure that the student needs are being met.
Public Health Committee
Committee Co-Chairs: Amogh Gadekar (He/Him) and Julia Johnson (She/Her)
This committee is a student think tank and incubator of public health initiatives on campus. Our initiatives focus on addressing the physical health/nutritional, community health, environmental health, and sexual health needs of students through education, public awareness campaigns, and student support programs. We work closely with different departments on campus including Health Initiatives and Stamps Health Services, student organizations involved in health advocacy and education, such as pre-health organizations, and other groups involved in public health advocacy on and around campus.
Communications Coordinator: Skanda Sriganesh
For the 2021 – 22 Academic Year, the SGA Well-being Board has a new position: Communications Coordinator! The Coordinator is responsible for managing all communications from the SGA Well-being Board through social media and assists the Board in outreach to student organizations around campus. The Coordinator also leads engagement activities across the Board. Finally, the Coordinator works with the SGA VP Communications to establish a holistic well-being communications standard for SGA.
SGA Well-being Board Projects 2021 – 22
Meet the Vice President of Well-being
Mihir is a third-year Industrial and Systems Engineering major from Cumming, GA. He has been a member of SGA throughout his time at Georgia Tech. During his first year, he served on the Campus Enterprises Committee, which advocated for improvements to Georgia Tech Dining Services and other campus retail. During his second-year, he served as Chair of the Health and Well-being Committee, advocating for the well-being of GT students. He also served as Co-Representative for the School of Industrial & Systems Engineering and as Parliamentarian in the Undergraduate House of Representatives. Outside of SGA, Mihir serves as President of the Undergraduate Public Health Association, as Co-Director of Strategic Development in SMILE, and is an intern with the CDC’s Health Literacy Team
Mihir loves tennis and is a big fan of Roger Federer. Outside of tennis, he also enjoys watching college football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. On the weekends, you can find Mihir hiking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.