UM Graduate Student Selected for Competitive Leadership Program

November 24, 2015

MISSOULA – Mina May, a University of Montana communicative sciences and disorders graduate student from Honolulu, recently was selected to participate in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s competitive Minority Student Leadership Program.

She also earned a national award from the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association.

MSLP is a leadership development program established for undergraduate seniors, master’s degree students and doctoral candidates who are enrolled in communication sciences and disorders programs or are pursuing a research doctorate degree. More than 150 students applied for the 40 available program positions.

“Mina has been a tremendous asset to our department,” said Ginger Collins, associate professor in UM’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders and May’s graduate adviser. “Not only has she taken on the demands of the graduate program with grace and enthusiasm, she has consistently demonstrated a willingness to embrace new challenges.”

The purpose of  MSLP is to recruit and retain racial and ethnic minorities that have been historically under-represented in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology; provide focused educational programming and activities to build and enhance leadership skills; provide an understanding of how the association works; and to provide an opportunity for program participants to interact with leaders in the professions of audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech, language and hearing sciences.

“ASHA’s dedication to invest in student leaders, who are historically under-represented racially and ethnically, has given me access to a unique community of people dedicated to cultural competence, diversity and advocacy,” May said.

“I have no doubt that the professional relationships I have developed and the access to networking I was given will be instrumental to my personal goals of incorporating indigenous and native peoples of Montana and Hawaii into our field of speech-language and hearing so that they may serve their own communities in need.”

May continues to represent the UM Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, part of the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, at a national level through various awards and acknowledgements. Recently, she earned the NSSLHA Member Honors award from the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association. This award is given on the basis of scholastic achievement, service to the recipient’s academic unit, professional conduct and service to NSSLHA.

“Mina is a model student of liberal arts education, she is a brilliant scientist, a leader in the field and nurturing colleague,” said Amy Glaspey, chair of UM’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. “I am always impressed with Mina’s ability to lead and to maintain strong academic excellence, by her thoughtfulness of others, and her drive to make connections amongst her classmates and professors. She excels at bringing people together in a collegial and fun environment.”

To learn more about the American Speech-Language Hearing Association or the Minority Student Leadership Program, visit http://www.asha.org/Students/MSLP-FAQs/#1. More information on the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association can be found online at http://www.asha.org/NSSLHA/default/.

To learn more about the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the UM call Communications Manager Peter Knox 406-243-4911or email peter.knox@mso.umt.edu

Contact: Peter Knox, communications manager, UM Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, 406-243-4911, peter.knox@mso.umt.edu.