Humans of ASHA: Jennifer Doughan

It’s not about doing something great in the hopes of being remembered; it's about doing something that inspires others. My undergraduate college didn't have a large CSD department. But what we lacked in academic supports, we made up for with passion. When I learned about the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA), I realized that starting a chapter on campus would allow all these passionate students around me to come together to collaborate, to share experiences, and perhaps, to advocate for increased CSD support on campus.

I will always be proud that I spearheaded this effort to found our NSSLHA chapter, but I am prouder still that this chapter continues to thrive since I have graduated. I've learned that an action as simple as encouraging a member to help plan an event, design a t-shirt, or set up a fundraiser can be a stepping stone to future leadership. What inspiration might these students bring to the chapter? What might they bring to the profession? That's the beauty of leadership to me.

Jennifer Doughan

ASHA Corporate Partners