Student Leadership Opportunities

NSSLHA is your association! It's for students in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) undergrad and graduate programs and is managed by you, our student members.

Our student leadership structure gives National NSSLHA members the opportunity to be mentored by professionals, develop leadership skills, and make a positive contribution to other CSD students.

As we make this transition, position descriptions may change, but we want to keep you apprised every step of the way.

National NSSLHA's Governance Structure

Council Organizational Chart-revised

 

Map of Regions

NSSLHA Map 2017



Map Key
Northeastern region=blue
Southern region=pink
Central region=green
Western region=yellow

Executive Council (EC)

Term: 2 years

Eligibility: Graduate students (must be enrolled in a graduate program during the term, which is July 1–June 30); must be a national member of NSSLHA; Clinical Fellows and undergraduate students are not eligible.

Positions: 10; the positions closely mirror the ASHA Board of Directors positions.

Role: Develop NSSLHA's strategic plan, coordinate with regional councilors and state delegates to engage NSSLHA membership at large, and serve on various ASHA committees to provide a student perspective.

Growth Opportunity: Develop and implement strategic plans; work with and be mentored by ASHA Board of Directors; attend three (up to five) NSSLHA meetings, including Student Hill Day in Washington, DC (travel expensive paid by NSSLHA) and the Annual ASHA Convention.

Election Timeline: We will begin accepting applications for the President-Elect, Vice President for GRPP, Vice President for Planning, Vice President for SLP Programming, and the Vice President for AuD Student State Officers in the fall of 2016.

Regional Councilors (RC)

Term: 2 years

Eligibility: Graduate students (must be enrolled in a graduate program during the term, which is July 1–June 30); must be a national member of NSSLHA; Clinical Fellows and undergraduate students are not eligible.

Positions: 4

Role: Work with state delegates to ensure consistency of services and support across the regions while sharing information to and from the NSSLHA Executive Council. Activities include fundraising efforts (e.g. the NSSLHA Loves campaign) and state advocacy activities (e.g., state hill visits, volunteering for local campaigns).

Growth Opportunity: Learn to work, connect, and motivate different stakeholders. Attend Student Hill Day in Washington, DC.

Election Timeline: We will begin accepting applications for the Central and Southern Regional Councilor positions in the fall of 2016.

Student State Officers (SSO)

Term: 1 year

Eligibility: Undergraduate or graduate student in communication sciences and disorders (CSD) program in the state in which they are applying to be an SSO (must be enrolled during the full term, September 1 – August 31; must have a confirmed grade point average [GPA] of 3.2 or higher; must be a national member of NSSLHA; Clinical Fellows are not eligible).

Positions: 100; one audiology and one speech-language pathology student from each state in the United States.

Role: Serve as a liaison between students at local NSSLHA chapters and the NSSLHA Regional Councilors. You'll also share information from ASHA's State Advisory Council and your state association with students and local NSSLHA chapters, encourage collaboration between state chapters, develop grassroots advocacy efforts in your state, build involvement in Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM), increase awareness of opportunities for NSSLHA members through the  ASHFoundation, and encourage National NSSLHA membership.

Growth Opportunity: Meet and learn from your respective ASHA State Advisory Council representatives, work with your state association, and support your local chapter while keeping these constituents apprised of current student issues.

Restructure Timeline: We will appoint 50 SSOs by September 30, 2016, and we will appoint 100 SSOs in September 2017.

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