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Minority Student Leadership Program

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What is the Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP)?

The MSLP is a leadership development program established for undergraduate seniors, master's students, AuD students who are enrolled in communication sciences and disorders programs and PhD students who are pursuing a research doctoral degree.

What is the purpose of the Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP)?

  • To recruit and retain racial/ethnic minorities that have been historically under-represented in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology
  • To provide focused educational programming and activities to build and enhance leadership skills
  • To provide an understanding of how the association works
  • To provide an opportunity for program participants to interact with leaders in the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language, and hearing sciences

What are the application requirements?

Please submit your completed Minority Student Leadership Program online application documents in PDF format only.

  1. Complete the online application form and statement of commitment.
  2. Submit a 500-word essay describing (a) the leadership qualities of an individual(s) you feel is a great leader, (b) the leadership skills you need or would like to develop, and (c) how participating in the Minority Student Leadership Program will enhance your leadership skills.
  3. Submit a letter of support from a professor, advisor, supervisor, employer, program director or department chair who can attest to your leadership skills or potential. For this section of the application process, you will enter the name and ASHA login e-mail of the person who will upload your letter of support. Prior to entering the request, you should ask that person if they are
    willing to submit a letter on your behalf and ask them to provide the e-mail address that they use to sign into the ASHA website. The recommender will receive an e-mail confirming your request. Once the letter of support has been uploaded, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. 
  4. Submit a statement of good standing. Students currently enrolled in a CSD program, your statement must be on your CSD department letterhead and should specify your status in the program. Students who will begin their graduate program in the fall, please submit a copy of your graduate school acceptance letter. 

Note: Please do not include the statement of good standing with the letter of support. You are required to submit two documents.

  1. Submit a resume, not exceeding two pages, that includes extracurricular activities and highlights your leadership activities.

Note: You are encouraged to prepare the essay and resume and obtain the letter of support and statement of good standing before you begin the application process. You will not be able to submit your application if you do not have all the elements that need to be uploaded into the system. You may edit and upload your documents until 11:59 p.m. EST, May 9, 2016. Applications received via fax, mail or e-mail will not be accepted.

Submission Deadline: The deadline for submitting applications is 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, May 9, 2015. You will receive an e-mail confirmation immediately following submission of your completed application.

What is included in the award package?

  • Complimentary ASHA 2016 Convention registration in Philadelphia, PA
  • Up to five nights lodging
  • Meal stipend
  • Program materials

Program participants are responsible for transportation expenses to and from the Convention city and personal incidentals.

What are the dates for the MSLP?

The 2016 Convention dates are November 17–19. However, the Minority Student Leadership Program will take place November 15–20.

Who is eligible for the MSLP?

  • Undergraduate seniors, master's, and AuD students must be enrolled in fall 2015 communication sciences and disorders programs and are not members of ASHA.
    • Preference will be given to students who are members of racial/ethnic minority groups historically under-represented within ASHA, including American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and/or Hispanic/Latino.
    • Students who are not U.S. citizens who are enrolled in a Council of Academic Accreditation (CAA)-accredited program are eligible to apply. You must meet all other eligibility requirements.
  • Graduate study—The student must be enrolled in, or accepted for, graduate study in a communication sciences and disorders program in the United States. Master's degree candidates and entry level clinical doctoral candidates must be enrolled in a program accredited by the CAA. PhD students must be enrolled in a research doctoral degree program, and may be an ASHA member.

How are students selected for participation in the program?

Thirty to thirty-five students are chosen to participate. MSLP applications are reviewed by a panel of ASHA members and rated on the following:

  • Essay: Use of description, strong argument/thesis, clarity, organization, and grammar and punctuation
  • Resume: Involvement in university/community activities and leadership experience
  • Letter of support

What happens during the MSLP?

Students participate in a set of leadership-focused activities to:

  • Identify the values leaders need, describe core leadership practices, and explore leadership roles.
  • Become acquainted with and have direct contact with ASHA leaders.
  • Observe the ASHA leadership at work.
  • Explore the multicultural implications of leadership and governance in ASHA.
  • Develop a list of prospective mentors and become a mentor.

When are applicants selected and notified?

Applicants are selected and notified in August and September.

Do I have to belong to NSSLHA to apply for the program?

You don't have to be a NSSLHA member to apply for the MSLP, however, you must belong to NSSLHA to participate in the program and to receive the student registration fee. PhD students may be graduate student members or ASHA members.

Where do participants stay during the Convention?

Participants stay in one of the Convention hotels.

Does ASHA provide transportation to the Convention city?

Each participant is responsible for his or her transportation to and from the Convention city.

Does ASHA provide transportation to and from the airport?

Each participant is responsible for ground transportation.

Does ASHA provide transportation during the Convention?

Shuttle bus service will be provided Thursday through Saturday.

What costs should participants expect to cover while at the Convention?

Participants will receive a stipend check for meals. Participants should bring money for hotel incidentals, and other spending.

What is the attire for the Convention?

The attire for the Convention is business casual, but you may be expected to dress professionally depending on the activities you plan to participate in (e.g., interviews with prospective employers or graduate programs). In addition, at least one MSLP activity will require business attire.

What do participants need to bring to the Convention?

  • A resume if you are looking for a job. The Career Fair is a great place to start your employment search. To learn more about the Career Fair and to preregister, visit ASHA's Career Center.
  • Preprinted address labels or business cards. You will be asked to complete raffles and surveys and to sign up for mailing lists. Make life easier and have preprinted labels or business cards ready.
  • A good pair of walking shoes. You will do a lot of walking. Make sure that you are comfortable.
  • A positive attitude. A Convention is a major undertaking and not everything goes as planned. Don't get flustered if you can't find the room for a session or if the hours for a poster session that you are interested in have been changed. Simply locate a NSSLHA or ASHA information booth and someone will direct you to where you want to go.

What is the first thing I should do when I arrive at the Convention?

If you have preregistered for the Convention, you will receive your badge in the mail beforehand. When you arrive at the Convention, you can immediately enjoy the exhibits and other services available to Convention registrants.

Will I have time to explore the Convention city?

There is very little time available to participate in non-Convention activities. The purpose for attending the Convention is to network, learn more about the professions, and gain access to information and opportunities.

For more information, e-mail, or contact Melanie Johnson at or 301-296-8681.

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