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ATSU-ASHS’ NSSLHA chapter receives national recognition

Members of ATSU’s NSSLHA chapter celebrate completing 50% of the SLP program.

A.T. Still University-Arizona School of Health Sciences’ (ATSU-ASHS) National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter has been awarded Gold Chapter Honors by the NSSLHA, in recognition of the chapter’s distinguished achievements throughout the 2022-23 academic year.

ATSU’s NSSLHA chapter was honored for its significant contributions in the field of communication sciences and disorders (CSD), both nationally and locally, and received recognition for outstanding efforts in member recruitment and engagement, community outreach and service, and legislative advocacy and fundraising.

The chapter is led by faculty advisor Ivonne Maldonado De la Rosa, PhD, CCC-SLP, instructor, ATSU-ASHS’ Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) department. Currently, the entire SLP cohort is part of the chapter. 

The NSSLHA is a national organization made up of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral  students in the field of CSD. The organization offers students a wide variety of leadership opportunities, scholarships, awards, and advocacy resources.

Throughout the past year, ATSU’s NSSLHA chapter helped the national NSSLHA in increasing awareness of CSD on more than 140 college campuses and communities across the country, as well as through virtual platforms, and was heavily involved in the organization’s advocacy efforts, assisting in sending more than 5,400 letters to state and federal legislators advocating for the specialty. 

ATSU’s NSSLHA chapter also helped the organization contribute more than $22,500 to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation’s NSSLHA Scholarship, and more than $60,000 and 25,000 hours of volunteer time to numerous CSD organizations. 

“We are so proud of the 2022-23 Chapter Honors awardees, and we congratulate them on all they’ve achieved this year. Each chapter demonstrated a deep commitment to its members, its community, and the professions, and embodied NSSLHA’s values in the areas of collaboration, diversity, education, integrity, leadership and service,” said Gabrielle Howard, NSSLHA executive council president.

Learn more about ATSU’s NSSLHA chapter on the organization’s Engage profile, here.


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