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Student Affairs & Engagement

Happy, smiling School of Health Professions students at a school event

Our programs foster a culture and climate that demonstrates its commitment to student empowerment and engagement.

The UT Southwestern School of Health Professions is dedicated to educating students from all backgrounds and cultures. We believe individuals who have different ways of thinking, different viewpoints, and skill sets create a robust learning and clinical environment for both the learners and faculty educators. It is our goal to cultivate a learning community where similarities and differences of individuals are valued so that all students can reach their academic potential. Our programs are committed to achieving superior outcomes in student retention and graduation rates. We aim to contribute to a health professions workforce to meet the demands of the rapidly changing health care environment and reflect the shifting patient demographics.

Through collaboration with the Office of Student Empowerment and Engagement, we have been able to foster a culture and climate that demonstrates its commitment to student success through the support of intellectual development and community engagement.

SHP Demographics

School of Health Professions 2023 Student Demographics

Student Profiles


Johanna Mendoza

Physical Therapy


Patricia Clesca

Clinical Nutrition


Madison Bahe

Physician Assistant


Irum Khan

Physical Therapy


Kellen Weigrand

Prosthetics and Orthotics


Elexis Stephens

Physician Assistant


Student Engagement

  • Student Success

    Student success efforts are grounded in supporting and empowering our students to reach their full academic potential. We offer Student Success Coaching Sessions where coaches partner with students in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires the student to grow both personally and professionally.

    Dr. Carolyn Bradley-Guidry surrounded by about 13 diverse students
  • Empower Sessions

    Empower sessions are designed to provide students with the opportunity to network and enhance their interpersonal and professional skills.

    Empower Sessions
  • Student Organizations

    UT Southwestern has over 100 registered student organizations offering invaluable experiences and opportunities to build community.

    A diverse group of nearly 30 students lined up in three rows
  • Volunteer Opportunities

    Volunteer opportunities empower our students with responsibility and provide them with the opportunity to impact the lives of others in a positive manner.

    Student volunteers from the School of Health Professions line up behind a table at a community event

Mentoring Support

Mentorship is an essential part of health professions training.  All students are assigned a faculty mentor upon the start of their program.  Mentorship offers a means to foster an inclusive learning environment and empower students to become autonomous learners.  The School of Health Professions faculty mentors serve as guides to support student's professional and personal growth throughout the academic curriculum and clinical training. Each program offers some scholarship support to qualifying students, please contact your program of interest for further details.


A Message from the School of Health Professions Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Engagement

Carolyn D. Bradley-Guidry, Dr.P.H. M.P.A.S., ,PA-C
Carolyn D. Bradley-Guidry, Dr.P.H., M.P.A.S., PA-C


Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Engagement – School of Health Professions

Associate Professor | Distinguished Teaching Professor


The School of Health Professions is committed to supporting a diverse and equitable learning and working environment that respects and values human dignity. It is our desire that all health profession students feel supported regardless of their racial or ethnic background, gender, religion, age, socioeconomic status, disability, or sexual orientation.

We are devoted to fostering a culture of inclusive excellence in which every member of our academic community can thrive. We are continuing to expand efforts to recruit and retain students from various backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise. We believe bringing together educators and students with different lived experiences will position us to train the next generation of culturally sensitive health professionals who are prepared to care for an increasingly diverse society to improve health equity.

We strive to Embrace high Quality that is Unconditional and Inclusive in which all Trainees are prepared to Yield superior patient care and scholarly outcomes. 


Additional campus wide programs, events, initiatives, and resources can be found through UT Southwestern’s Office of Student Empowerment and Engagement.

Office of Student Empowerment and Engagement