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DePaul NSSLHA Chapter

​The National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the only national student organization for pre-professionals studying communication sciences and disorders (CSD) recognized by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Established in 1972, NSSLHA supports 11,700+ members and 340+ chapters at colleges and universities nationwide.

Meet the Leadership Team: 

Veronica Oczowinski President
SLP Graduate Student Cohort 2
"NSSLHA is a wonderful way to get involved in the speech and language community and begin to build a relationship with ASHA. We have the opportunity as pre-professionals to come together and bond over our passion for speech-language pathology and other shared interests. It is a great way to network and have fun. NSSLHA is what we make of it, and I hope to continue with events, volunteering, and professional development opportunities that members can learn from and bring with them as they move forward in their careers. With collaboration, communication, and enjoyment, I aim to uphold this chapter’s Gold Honors awarded by NSSLHA." 
- Veronica Oczowinski​

Maria Villalobos 
Vice President 
SLP Graduate Student 
Cohort 2

"NSSLHA is a great opportunity to get socially involved and spread awareness of what Speech-Language Pathology is and what we do for our community. Through this organization, we live the Vincentian mission of serving the numerous diverse communities in the Chicago area that are in need. We learn about different settings, populations, and specializations; and it also provides an avenue for further enrichment in the field. I hope to improve my teamwork skills and learn from my peers as well guest speakers and from any other activities we may do. Being part of this team is a great way to also form connections with members of the community related to the services we provide and beyond."
- Maria Villalobos

Grace Contreras 
SLP Graduate Student Cohort 2 
"NSSLHA is an amazing association that allows students to explore their interests and passions. It provides amazing opportunities to grow and develop leadership skills that will be invaluable in all areas of life. 
I hope to learn more about my cohort’s interest and develop a space that they will enjoy. Our executive committee is thrilled about planning upcoming events for our members and DePaul students."
- Grace Contreras

Emma Olszowka 
SLP Graduate Student Cohort 2
"I am excited to be a part of NSSLHA because I have the opportunity to collaborate with my peers and serve the community. b. Being a leader on the board will allow me to build valuable leadership skills that I will carry into my career as a speech-language pathologist. "
- Emma Olszowka

Professor Kate McShane 
DePaul NSSLHA Faculty Sponsor | Assistant Professor
Professor McShane earned a B.S. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology from Northwestern University. She has worked in acute inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient, and university clinical settings. Read more here​.

Meet Other Student Participants on the DeHub Page 

2022-23 Events Calendar: TBA

Achievements and Recognitions 2021-22:

On the evening of June 2nd, our DePaul NSSHLA Chapter organization was selected as the recipient of an Excellence in Leadership 2022 Awards.

The Office of Student Involvement at DePaul selects top-performing student organizations for outstanding work and service. We are so proud of our chapter student members and our President, Hannah Senanayake. Well done! We are looking forward to displaying the beautiful plaque in our facility space.

On ​June 15th, National NSSLHA announced the 2022 Gold Chapter Honors Recipients on their Instagram account and our very own DePaul NSSLHA Chapter was selected! We are so proud of our student leaders and members for their excellent work for the 2021-22 Academic Year. 

Membership Information: 
The DePaul NSSLHA Chapter accepts new members at the beginning of each school year in the Autumn Quarter. New 2022-23 members have until Sep. 12, 2022 to confirm membership dues with $25.

Contact Hannah Senanayake at or Klaudia Macko at for more information.  

Events Approval Form:
The Faculty Sponsor and Speech Language Pathology Program Director must sign-off on all NSSLHA and Student Leadership Events. Please download the PDF form below to complete and sign for all events.