Founded in 1972, the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional organization for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the study of normal communication sciences and disorders, including speech, language, and cognition. Today NSSLHA is an international network of approximately 13,000 students at more than 300 colleges and universities. It is the only official student association recognized by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA chapters build a campus community of undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff who are passionate about the fields of speech language pathology and audiology.Members of National NSSLHA enjoy access to several essential information resources for pre-professionals:

  • Web access to significant academic journals, such as the American Journal of Speech Language Pathology; Journal of Speech, Language, Hearing Research; Language Speech and Hearing Services in Schools; and American Journal of Audiology.
  • Web access to online forums and NSSLHA newsletters
  • Print subscriptions to ASHA Leader and the NSSLHA Now! Newsletter

Join now!


NSSLHA University of Colorado Boulder Chapter is a recognized student group within the Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences department at CU. This chapter of NSSLHA has been recognized by CU as an on campus student group since 2008.

Our chapter’s members are dynamic participants in the larger professional community. CU Boulder’s NSSHLA has made an annual commitment to raise funds for speech and hearing-related causes in the Boulder-Denver area. In 2010, this chapter raised sufficient funds to support the purchase of 2 FM microphone and receiver systems for Sanchez Elementary. CU Boulder’s NSSLHA has also raised and made donations to Denver Reads, Treacher Collins Connection, and the CU SLHS Department. NSSLHA has helped to fund a cleft palate surgery for a child whose family did not have health insurance. Twice a year, NSSLHA hosts a party in the Child Learning Center (CLC), the department preschool. The preschoolers and their families enjoy an evening of cookie decorating, storybook reading, craft activities, and games.

In addition to annual events and fundraisers, NSSLHA volunteers at community events such as the Scottish Rite Holiday Party for the families participating in speech, language and hearing therapy at Children’s Hospital and Family Night in the CLC. NSSLHA also hosts informative on-campus events like the Graduate Student Panel for undergraduates, the Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (SLP-A) panel, and lectures from visiting professionals. Your CU NSSLHA chapter membership also contributes to funding and supporting fellow CU NSSLHA members in attending the annual ASHA convention.

Join CU’s NSSLHA chapter and become an active participant in the SLHS community! Contact an outreach coordinator at nsslha@colorado.edu, or join us for our next monthly meeting. CU Boulder NSSLHA strives to meet monthly.  Upcoming meetings will be announced through e-mail, however if you have questions or would like additional information, please contact the chapter president


CU Boulder NSSLHA is constantly searching for ways to get involved and give back to the community. For more information on how you can become a part of these wonderful experiences, visit us on Facebook or e-mail our volunteer coordinator for a list of current volunteer opportunities.



President: Abigail Funke

Vice President: Paige Clippert

Financial Chair: Brooklyn Phillips 

Volunteer Coordinator: Olivia Stock 

Social Chair: Hettie Hill

SLHS Faculty Advisor: Brenda Smolkey


ASHA is a national professional organization for audiologist, speech-language pathologist, speech, language, and hearing scientist, and students. For more information visit the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association.