We have very active chapters of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and the Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) at the University of Arizona. Our student groups provide opportunities for all undergraduate and graduate students to engage in educational, philanthropic and leadership activities that complement the academic and clinical programs in SLHS. You can learn even more about recent and upcoming events by going to the SAA website and the NSSLHA website.
Members of NSSLHA have fun and get to know one another and members of the faculty in the context of service activities on campus and in the community. For many years, we have organized an educational forum for community SLP’s and Audiologists, where we have the chance to learn more about the profession and to meet professionals in the community. We get involved in local service, including Saturday morning gatherings to pack boxes at the Community Food Bank, participating in events like Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research Walk, the Walk for Better Hearing, and the Autism Walk. Our own fundraising activities have included bake sales, a coin drive, and a silent auction.
Funds raised by NSSLHA have provided scholarships for students presenting at conferences, paid for tuition for students to attend educational workshops, and made donations to local, national and international philanthropic organizations.
One NSSLHA program is the M.A.P.S. mentoring program. Its goal: to raise awareness and provide information to students about opportunities in the areas of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, have educational experiences more accessible to students, help students navigate the graduate school application process, and provide a communication network among students.
The Student Academy of Audiology (SAA) is the national student organization of the American Academy of Audiology that serves as a collective voice, and advances the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology. The SAA introduces students to lifelong involvement in activities that promote and advance the profession of audiology, and provides services, information, education, representation and advocacy for the profession and the public we serve.
The SAA chapter at the UA was established in January 2012. Our focus is to promote the education and pre-professional development of AuD students, as well as to serve the Tucson community by engaging in philanthropic events that promote hearing health. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month.
Our current community outreach activities involve the El Rio Health Fair, Special Olympics, and Turn Down the Volume.