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National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) Chapter at Lehman College

The NSSLHA Lehman College Chapter Executive Board achieved Gold Honors for the sixth year in a row. Additionally, we won the 2021 NSSLHA Chapter of the Year Award (the highest honor that National NSSLHA can give a program)!! We were recognized for our extraordinary commitment to increasing chapter engagement and an awareness of National NSSLHA's mission through advocacy, fundraising efforts, and initiatives toward supporting diversity and inclusion in the communication sciences and disorders field.


Two Lehman chapter members earned national honors: Ashely Chavez won the NSSLHA’s Excellence Award and Carlos Pérez Valle won the Speaking Out and Being Heard Award. This is the second year in a row that Lehman College members have won member honors.

Club mission: (from constitution)

The mission of this club consists of:

  • Informing Lehman students and underrepresented populations about the opportunities for enrichment, leadership, and scholarship in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology through meetings, lectures by invited guests, group discussions, co-sponsored events, fundraisers, advocacy, end of semester gatherings, and the annual Holiday event.
  • Advocating and increasing awareness for issues and disorders associated with the fields and in the Bronx community via community meetings and fundraising for a cause.
  • Disseminating professional and educational information to undergraduate majors and graduate students in the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences program.
  • Providing a vehicle for student representation in matters of professional and educational concerns and personal matters.

2021/2022 E-board

  • Amarie Bermudez
    Spring 2022 Graduate President
  • Ivanova Marte
    Undergraduate President
  • Joanie Demuro
    Vice President
  • Paul Loman
  • Jules Hurn
  • Beckie Dugaillard
    Social Media Strategist
  • America Perez
    Deputy Coordinator

Speechies 4 Diversity

  • Amarie Bermudez
  • Giselle Marte
  • Aimee Rodriguez

2020/2021 E-board

  • Ashely Chavez
    Graduate Co- President
  • Angelie Baez
    Undergraduate Co- President
  • Nicholas Medina
    Spring 2021 Vice-President
  • Paul Loman
    Spring 2021 Treasurer
  • Amanda Flowers
  • Daniel Roman
    Social Media Strategist
  • Kavita Singh
    Deputy Coordinator
  • Michelle Guzman
    Fall 2020 Vice-President
  • Makeda Pyles
    Fall 2020 Treasurer
  • Kwadwo Agyekum
    Fall 2020 Undergrad Co-President

Speechies 4 Diversity

  • Ramona Sencion
  • Zainab Elrowmeim
  • Cindy G Lopez
  • Beckie Dugaillard


NSSLHA Photos of major events and brief narrative descriptions for 2021/2022

On October 20th, we hosted our Student Advocacy Day event, where we discussed the importance of advocacy, sent emails to Congress about important issues, and played trivia! We even heard from our Chapter Advisor, Leslie Grubler, about how she actively advocates for our field. As future audiologists and speech-language pathologists, we're going to spend much of our time being an advocate-for our clients, for their care, and for the treatment we're proposing. Because we're entering a profession that can be affected by decisions made by state and federal legislators, our voices are an important part of the future of the professions!


The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest fundraiser for Alzheimer's care, support, and research, held annually in over 600 cities across the country. This year, we encouraged our chapter to participate in the Walk. Our chapter hosted a team donation page and we exceeded our goal by double, raising almost $500! Three of our e-board members participated in the in-person walk at South Street Seaport in Manhattan. We encouraged our members to attend in-person or walk safely in their own neighborhood, track, or trail of their choice.


We hosted our Annual Holiday Party– the theme was ugly holiday sweaters and our members did not disappoint with their sweaters to show their spirit! During the virtual party, we celebrated our accomplishments of the semester and honored our amazing previous Gold Honors E-Board members. We talked about our favorite holiday songs, shared good memories of 2021 and memories from years prior with e-board alumni.


Our Scholastic Book Fair was a big success thanks to all of our wonderful faculty members and students. Because of their generosity we raised over $1000 in sales! The profits from the purchases went to schools in our community. P.S. 179, The School of International Cultures, received their books! This photo was sent to us to show their appreciation. We’re so happy they love them!


On March 3, we hosted an event for World Hearing Day to raise awareness about how to prevent hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care. Special guest speaker–Dr. Karen Kushla, an audiologist, professor at Lehman College, and one of our NSSLHA faculty deputies– shared her inspiring story about how and why she entered the field of audiology.


NSSLHA hosted "Trans Voice: An Exploration of the Relationship Between Client and Practitioner," a panel discussion led by Seattle Voice Lab. We learned about the overlap of trans voice coaching and speech-language pathology. They covered theory, how to create a safe and affirming space, practice, implementation as it relates to working with and supporting trans voices. There was an opportunity for attendees to ask questions during the Q&A section, and we got so many thoughtful questions. Thank you to Seattle Voice Lab for an incredible and enlightening event.


Our E-board members representing NSSLHA at Lehman College’s Club Fair in person for the first time in over 2 years!


Photos of major events and brief narrative descriptions for 2020/2021

NSSLHA hosted two virtual panels of clients from the Adult Neurogenic clinic in the Speech and Hearing Center. Students, faculty, and staff listened to first-hand accounts of people living with Aphasia post-stroke. The participants in this panel were an insightful group of people who work on Aphasia Advocacy during their speech therapy sessions.


For Virtual Advocacy Day, we helped spread awareness about current legislations and policies that affect our field. We discussed the importance of advocacy and sent emails to Congress about important issues. In total, we sent 50 letters to Congress!


We celebrated World Kindness Day by donating about 50 items to the Lehman College Food Bank with just a click of a button! Our members shopped on our Amazon shopping list and donated all items requested by the Lehman College Food Bank. The Lehman College Food Bank was in need of toiletries for the homeless as many organizations focus on food items only.


Our Speechies 4 Diversity events are geared towards providing a safe space for faculty, staff, and students to share their opinions. At our events, we discussed implicit bias and microaggressions and how to respond in those situations. Additionally, we worked toward learning how to practice cultural competence and cultural responsivity using a case study.


Chavez and Baez worked with Westchester County Assemblyman Tom Abinanti’s office to have May 21 designated as “Telepractice Awareness Day” by the New York State Assembly. The day calls attention to the need for improved access to telehealth services and expanded Medicare coverage for audiology and speech-language pathology telehealth care, especially in underserved areas.