The Communication Disorders Department at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) maintains a very active local chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). This group is open to any student interested in communication disorders or related fields (e.g., special education, social work, counseling).
The purpose of our local NSSLHA chapter is to promote professional growth, to discuss current events and career possibilities pertaining to the field of Communication Disorders or related areas, to promote greater fellowship among all students pursuing careers in speech-language pathology, and to involve students in community events and activities related to the discipline.
The local NSSLHA chapter maintains a website, publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, hosts monthly meetings and participates in community activities.
Monthly meetings are held year round on the first Monday of each month. Each meeting has a unique theme designed to enhance classroom learning. Guest speakers have included Dr. Arlene Pietranton, Executive Director of ASHA; representatives from Casa Colina; the mother of a child with autism; and a volunteer for Operation Smile. Meetings also provide a forum for students to ask questions about programs available in the Communication Disorders Department and NSSLHA events.
Elections are held each November for 12-month terms. Positions available are President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Newsletter Editor, and Undergraduate Representative. All positions are held by graduate students, with the exception of the Undergraduate Representative. Officers commit to planning and participating in monthly meetings, organizing events, and representing the department and local chapter in a professional manner at all times.
For more information on the events and activities of our local NSSLHA chapter, please visit our website at http://www.csulacomdstudents.com/. Current officers may be contacted through links on this site. Previous newsletters and meeting minutes are listed on the site as well.