Student Speech Language and Hearing Association

“The mission of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is to benefit its members by continually improving its support, promotion, and advocacy of the highest quality preparation of professionals in Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Speech and Hearing Science.”

The Northeastern University Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NUSSLHA) is the department’s student government association created to facilitate practical, fun, and functional activities for the students in the program outside of the clinic and classroom settings. Students run NUSSLHA under the supervision of a faculty advisor. A student representative attends department meetings and acts as a liaison between students and faculty.

NUSSLHA provides a great opportunity to reach beyond the classroom to enrich your undergraduate and/or graduate experiences at Northeastern University. In the past, NUSSLHA has been responsible for planning guest speakers, comprehensive exam review sessions, CPR courses, and various social events around Boston, as well as an end of the year celebration.

The Northeastern University’s Student Speech Language and Hearing Association is a subdivision of ASHA’s National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA). This organization is for both undergraduate and graduate students. With membership totaling around 11,700 students, NSSLHA extends itself across more than 340 chapters at colleges and universities nationwide. NSSLHA serves as a gateway to guide you through your education and towards your career goals. To learn more about NSSLHA see below.

Vision/Philosophy Values and Purposes:

  • To promote the interdependence of NSSLHA and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
  • To prepare leaders for the professions of speech-language pathology and Audiology through initiating leadership development opportunities during professional preparation.
  • To increase the opportunities for managing diversity within professional preparation programs.
  • To educate students regarding multicultural concerns and minority issues.
  • To provide a forum in which individuals can develop skills, services, and networking opportunities through interactions with a diverse and multi-faceted peer group.
  • To promote student interest and involvement in matters of concern to the professions of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology, and Speech and Hearing Science.
  • To advance the development and maintenance of professional standards and individual professional competence in recognized areas on the basis of those standards.
  • To enforce a Code of Ethics and standards of practice for its members and to promote the highest possible standards of professional preparation in communication sciences and disorders.
  • To provide pre-professional practice in professional issues through leadership opportunities and decision-making.
  • To assist students studying communication science and disorders in the transition from student to professional or provide experiences to assist in the transition.
  • To assist college and university departments and local organizations interested in speech, hearing, and language behaviors and disorders.
  • To provide a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional concern (e.g., student representation on ASHA’s councils and committees).