NSSLHA Offers New Student Leadership Opportunities The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association recently implemented a new governance structure that provides more mentorship opportunities for its leaders and improves communication between students and their elected leaders. NSSLHA—an association for and managed by students—has approximately 13,000 members at more than 300 independently operated chapters on college and ... ASHA News
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NSSLHA Offers New Student Leadership Opportunities
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ASHA News   |   July 01, 2016
NSSLHA Offers New Student Leadership Opportunities
The ASHA Leader, July 2016, Vol. 21, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.21072016.60
The ASHA Leader, July 2016, Vol. 21, 60. doi:10.1044/leader.AN3.21072016.60
The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association recently implemented a new governance structure that provides more mentorship opportunities for its leaders and improves communication between students and their elected leaders.
NSSLHA—an association for and managed by students—has approximately 13,000 members at more than 300 independently operated chapters on college and university campuses in the United States and abroad.
The new structure includes three levels:
  • An elected Executive Council with 10 positions (two-year terms) that mirror those of the ASHA Board of Directors. This group will develop a strategic plan and coordinate with regional councilors.

  • Four elected regional councilors (two-year terms), each responsible to the individual chapters in a specific geographic region. The councilors work with state delegates and share information to and from the Executive Council.

  • State delegates (one-year terms)—one audiology and one speech-language pathology student from each state—serve as liaisons between students at local NSSLHA chapters and the regional councilors.

To enhance continuity, half of the positions at each of the top two leadership levels will be elected in any given year. Only graduate and AuD students are eligible for these positions.
The new structure takes effect July 1, the beginning of the NSSLHA year. In this first transition year, half of the Executive Council were appointed from last year’s councilors to serve one-year terms in their new positions; the other half were elected to full two-year terms through a vote of the NSSLHA membership. The state delegates will be appointed later this year.
Under the new structure:
  • Each member of the NSSLHA Executive Council is mentored by his or her counterpart on the ASHA Board of Directors.

  • NSSLHA Executive Council members have the opportunity to serve on various ASHA committees to provide a student perspective.

  • Individual students and chapters have improved access to regional councilors and the Executive Council through the state-level student advisers.

More information about the new NSSLHA leaders will appear in future issues of the Leader. For a more detailed explanation of the new structure, visit on.asha.org/new-nsslha..
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