Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Speech-Language Pathology 2018–2019 217 Student Organizations A variety of organizations in which students may participate are available. NSU Affiliate Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication sciences and disorders. NSU-NSSLHA, a chapter in Region 3, is a “for students, by students” organization that offers each student in NSU’s Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Department of Audiology enriched professional, academic, and social experiences. Each year, the NSU-NSSLHA selects community service projects or charities to support through volunteering or fund-raising. NSU-NSSLHA also hosts educational workshops, community service projects, and social events. NSU’S Affiliate Chapter of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NSU-NBASLH)* The National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH) is the premier professional and scientific association addressing the communication interests and concerns of black communication science and disorders professionals, students, and consumers. The mission of the NBASLH is to maintain a viable mechanism through which the needs of black professionals, students, and individuals with communication disorders can be met. The association is the model for other organizations addressing the concerns of diverse populations. Affiliates are the grassroots of NBASLH. The objective of an affiliate chapter is to increase the unity and effectiveness of all those in its local or regional area who are interested in, or concerned with, the needs and interests of black speech-language and hearing professionals and students; appropriate service delivery to black individuals with communication disorders; and research in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. NSU’s Affiliate Chapter of NBASLH was established in February 2006 and has actively participated with the national organization by holding meetings, participating in educational efforts, and providing community service for its members and for various public groups. In addition, NSU’s Affiliate Chapter of NBASLH has the distinction of being the only affiliate chapter with professional and student members from three different regional areas: online across the country, at NSU campuses throughout the state of Florida, and locally at the Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus. *Please note the term Black, originally used in 1979, continues to be used by this organization to refer primarily to the populations of Americans having African ancestry.