SLA Legacy Programs

Recent Activities

Legacy Project Updates

The new student activity fair will be held on Thursday August 21st from 11-1PM in the Center for Healthy Living gym.

Bridge to Care-The Refugee Health Project

Bridge to Care would like to thank all of the volunteers who participated and contributed to the World Refugee Day Health Fair last month. Currently, the evaluations are being analyzed for program improvement and the feedback from both refugees and volunteers has been very positive.

The Refugee Health Collaborative met at UNMC on Tuesday, July 15th, to discuss community health education, refugee mental health, refugee occupational health, weather education, as well as grants that would enable refugees to train as community health workers. The next meeting is set for August 14th from 12:00-1:30PM at Lutheran Family Services on 42nd and Center.


Do JuSTICe -The Jail STI Project

This project continues to provide STI education, screening, and treatment to inmates at the Douglas County Department of Corrections with ongoing sessions. New students interested in joining this project should contact the Do JuSTIce president, Jennifer Sharrick, at for more information.

The Douglas County Youth Corrections STI education project, funded by a grant from the MTV Staying Alive Foundation (SAF), continues with ongoing sessions twice a month. For more information, please contact Ashley Janssen at We are in need of more student volunteers for the remainder of the summer and the fall.


EMPOWER -The Domestic Violence Project

EMPOWER hosted the Girls Leadership Academy from the Women’s Center for Advancement for a tour of the UNMC campus on July 31st. The girls were welcomed at the College of Public Health by Dr. Shawn Gibbs. Student leaders from EMPOWER then took the girls to the following stops on campus: the CON simulation lab, McGoogan Library of Medicine, a COP compounding activity, and the Sorrell Clinical Skills Lab. The girls enjoyed getting to interact with students and faculty, while learning about various health professions.

EMPOWER does have board positions available and interested students should contact the EMPOWER president, Jessica Semin at


Finding A Voice -The Homelessness Project

The Finding A Voice (FAV) project meets weekly at the Siena/Francis House. The Creative Workshop is held every Thursday from 3:00-4:30 pm, welcoming health professions and other students from the metro area. The Artists in Recovery (AIR) sessions are held Saturday evenings from 7:30-10 pm and are open to the public. All are welcome with dignity and respect. To learn more about the Finding A Voice program and to purchase a t-shirt to help support the program, please see the Finding a Voice website. Students interested in taking a leadership role, should contact Ruti Margalit or Laura Vinson.

The Finding A Voice project hosted an annual art exhibition at Kent Bellows Studio on June 28th, featuring original art, music, and poetry from homeless participants in the Creative Workshop as well as Artists in Recovery. Approximately 300 people attended the exhibition and 9 pieces of art were sold by five artists from Siena Francis House.


Decreasing the Donor Deficit (DDD) – Cancer Awareness and Bone Marrow Donor Recruitment

DDD aims to raise awareness of cancer treatment by bone marrow transplantation and to recruit new donors. DDD will resume activities at the start of the next semester. For more information, please contact DDD president, Ali McCabe at