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Health and Society Student Association (HESOSA)

What is Health and Society?

Health & Society is an interdisciplinary program at York University that goes beyond biological views of health to examine its social, cultural and political dimensions. We study poverty, racial, sexual, and gender discrimination, globalization, neo-liberalism, environment, community support, social cohesion, occupational stress, home care, malnutrition, political economy – in other words anything and everything that affects health.

Organization Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide HESO Students and the broader York University community with a better awareness about the ever-expanding field of health. HESOSA encourages opportunities for fellowship across related and non-related fields. We aim to provide a safe space for all students to deepen their post-secondary experience by providing resources and opportunities relevant to their chosen degree.

HESOSA also organizes fun and educational social events that unite all students with an interest and passion for health. We act as a liaison between HESO students, their professors and York HESO alumni, and provide networking and volunteer opportunities for students to enhance their university experience and co-curricular record.

All students are welcome to join the Health and Society Student Association. In order to become a member, add us on YUConnect and email us your full name, student number and email address.


  News & Events


Events HESO will be Hosting/Attending:

  • October - Meet and Greet
  • November - Zumba Session
  • January - Mini-Social
  • February - Writing Workshop
  • March - Career Fair

  Are you interested in volunteering with us?


  • Contact to get on the listserv and learn how to log your service hours
  • We will be sending you emails whenever we need help. You don't have to come to every event, but you certainly won't be refused if you do.
  • If you commit to 10 or more hours throughout the year, you will receive a certificate of appreciation, signed by the HESO Chair!

  We are HESOSA!

Aleeza Freedman: President

Aleeza Freedman Aleeza Freedman is a HESO student and was a volunteer for the Health and Society Student Association prior to being elected its President.

Some of her passionate interests include health, social justice and language & culture studies. In her new role, she looks forward to working with the executive team to plan fun and educational events that will give HESO students the opportunity to connect.

Alison Correia: Vice-President

Alison CorreiaAlison Correia is in her second year of the Health and Society Program.

Besides being a workaholic, her passionate interests are health, animals and music.

Bhavya Syal: Secretary & Treasurer

bhavya syalBhavya is a 4th year Adminstrative Studies major . As she is a secretary and treasurer of this club, she can contribute by applying relevant knowledge learned throughout her degree. She has also volunteered as a student ambassador and represented York at events like the spring open festival, Ontario university festival etc.

Khalad Maliyar: Volunteer Coordinator

Khalad is a second year Kinesiology and Health Science Student. Apart from focusing on his education and health, Khalad contributes to his community by volunteering as a Fitness Instructor at a Seniors home, and is also a Basketball Coach and Referee in his local neighbourhood.

  Are you interested in volunteering with us?

Volunteering will allow you to build new friendships, raise awareness of a variety of health issues, fundraise for health-based organizations and receive service hours for your co-curricular record.

Volunteering Tasks:

  • Running Tablings
  • Assisting with event planning and organizing
  • Participating in fundraising-events
  • Assisting in arranging guest-speakers
  • Social Media promotion
  • Creating event posters and hanging them around campus
  • Working with our executive team to propose ideas for new events

Our volunteers have the freedom to choose which tasks they wish to complete and when they volunteer so that volunteering does not interfere with students’ studies.

If you are interested in volunteering with HESOSA or getting more info about available volunteering opportunities at health-based organizations then please send your inquiries to

  We're Everywhere

Email address:
YUConnect: Health and Society Student Association (HESOSA)
Facebook Group:
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Our office located at 121E Founders College, York University

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