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HHD Diversity-Focused Student Organizations

Why is joining a student organization important?

Penn State is proud of its large community of alumni, students, faculty, and staff. We pride ourselves on the impact that Penn Staters make globally, every day. For a student, joining an organization can make your transition to the Penn State community easier and more engaging. Student organizations provide opportunities to develop your leadership skills, apply concepts learned in the classroom, and cultivate relationships that will last forever!

The College of Health and Human Development is proud to host several organizations of interest, some of them with a focus and intent on increasing the support and success of diverse student populations. Learn more about these organizations below.

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Diversity and Inclusion Student Association

The Diversity and Inclusion Student Association assists the HHD Office for Diversity and Inclusion with innovative ideas and programming that supports students from underrepresented groups who are interested in human services-related fields.

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The Minority Association of Pre-Medical/Health Students (MAPS)

MAPS is a national organization—affiliated with the Student National Medical Association—aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented students entering and completing health professional education.

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The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH), Pennsylvania State University Chapter

NSMH serves to be the premier professional organization for developing exceptional talent and leadership among minority students.

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The National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

NSSLHA aims to inspire, empower, and support students in Communication Sciences and Disorders. We give you the tools to navigate your academic career while preparing you for your professional one.

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National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)

NBASLH is the premier professional and scientific association addressing the communication interests and concerns of black communication science and disorders professionals, students, and consumers.