One of the great things about Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) students is their willingness to strive to go above and beyond. One of those students is first year graduate student, Courtney Huellen.

Huellen is currently serving on the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) board as the volunteer student representative. She serves as a liaison between students and the board. During the meetings, Huellen shares her opinion with the ISHA board on current issues and informs students about the organization. She learned in her first meeting how active ISHA is in advocating for our profession. Whether it’s writing letters and contacting legislators or creating alliances with other related professionals, ISHA is working toward the goal of facilitating speech-language pathologists’ and audiologists’ in their quest to provide quality health services.

Many students think of ISHA has something that will be relevant to them only as practicing clinicians, but there are many ways CSD students can be involved. Courtney highlighted several ways in which CSD students can be informed and involved. Students should first register to vote so that they can vote for important legislation that impacts the CSD professions. Courtney emphasized how crucial student involvement, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, is for our professions. She stated, “ISHA has a fantastic board who is representing us this year. It is full of wonderful people who truly care about advocating for this amazing profession, but they need our voices. What we have to say matters and how we voice our opinions makes an impact.”

To learn more on how to get involved, reach out to Courtney or check out the ISHA website and Facebook page.

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