Regional Councilor Jennifer Snider
Contact Jennifer at region4.NSSLHA@gmail.com
Major: Speech-language pathology
Expected date of graduation: May 2013
University: The Ohio State University
Connect with other students in Region 4: Region 4 Facebook page
I joined NSSLHA because: I joined NSSLHA to become involved. Throughout high school I was very active in student organizations, and I was eager to continue participating during college. I found several clubs and organizations that related to my hobbies that I became involved in, but I could not find any organizations that pertained to my passion for language. It was not until I started taking more courses within my speech and hearing major that I heard about NSSLHA. I immediately asked my professor about our chapter on campus and who to contact to become involved. I went to a meeting, and fell in love with the organization. It was perfect; I had finally found a direction for my passion for speech and hearing.
I applied for a position on the NSSLHA Executive Council because: I applied for a position for the Executive Council to take my passion to the next level. My involvement with NSSLHA has provided me with a number of opportunities to develop my leadership skills. Most recently I took part in the second annual Student Leadership Development Program at the 2011 Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association convention. I learned a lot about advocacy for the profession, but I would like to advocate for the students. Many students have questions and ideas about academic programs and the profession, and I would like to help make their concerns known. I feel that I can use my advocacy skills to great effect on the Executive Council. In addition to these skills, my region encompasses Ontario, Canada. I have always had an interest in international relations; for a brief spell I considered a double major in international politics and speech therapy. I would love to work with and learn from our Canadian counterparts.
My vision for Region 4 is: My vision for my region is to increase communication across the chapters. Fractures within any community are detrimental to its success. By increasing cooperation and communication through the members of the chapters, we can achieve wonderful things in Region 4. We can promote our profession and the wonderful work we do in the campuses and communities across the region.
I will be successful if I accomplish: During my two years on the council, I will be successful if I accomplished two main goals. First, I would like to increase cooperation and communication between the programs in Region 4. Greater cooperation could be achieved by coordinating a regional summit between the officers of each chapter. I would also like to encourage communication between chapters that are geographically close to one another. My second goal would be to increase awareness of the profession on the campuses of the Region 4 chapters. I would advise them on how to maximize their resources to spread awareness through different events. I would also advise them on how to publicize their events throughout the entire NSSLHA organization.
Regional Delegate Kelly Bray