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 post-entry level SLP students who are enrolled in a clinical or research doctoral degree program. The purpose of the MSLP is:

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  • 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

In addition, the MSLP offers its participants the chance to network with ASHA leaders, university faculty, and clinicians who can offer educational and career opportunities and who have continuously supported the success of the Minority Student Leadership Program. Participants will also get a chance to meet and talk to MSLP alumni as well as other young leaders. All of these networking opportunities give participants exclusive access to learn about in-demand resources to move their careers forward.

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Program Dates

The 2024 Minority Student Leadership Program will take place December 2–8 in Seattle, Washington.

Award Package

The 2024 MSLP award package includes:

  • 2024 National NSSLHA/ASHA graduate student member Convention registration
  • 6 nights lodging (December 2-8, 2024)
  • Program stipend

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must be enrolled as an undergraduate senior, master's, or AuD student in a communication sciences and disorders program or be a post-entry level SLP student enrolled in a clinical (SLPD) or research (PhD) doctoral degree program in the fall of 2024.

Participation Requirements

By applying to the 2024 MSLP, you are agreeing to:  

  • The MSLP is a 6-day program and full participation is mandatory. If there is a schedule conflict with a class or exam, exemptions may be granted by MSLP staff as needed. 
  • Receive information from our sponsors, which are committed to supporting CSD students and diversifying the professions.  
  • Be a member of National NSSLHA and/or an ASHA graduate student member to receive free ASHA Convention registration for full participation in the MSLP. 
  • PhD students ONLY: Attend the MSLP/ARTA Peer Connections Networking event. 
  • Due to conflicting awardee requirements on site at the ASHA Convention, applicants may only apply to one of the following programs per year.
    • Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) 
    • Audiology/Hearing Science Research Travel Award (ARTA)
    • Audiology Students at ASHA Convention 
    • Research Mentoring-Pair Travel Award (RMPTA)

How to Apply

The 2024 MSLP application will be open March 11–May 6. Applicants must:

  • Submit an online application.
  • Upload the required .PDF documents.
  • Submit the application package by the required deadline.

If you have questions about the 2024 MSLP, please contact MSLP at mslp@asha.org.

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