Opportunities and Activities

Students in Speech-Language Pathology become involved in a wide variety of activities on and off-campus. While the academic program includes many opportunities to become involved in professional activities, Duquesne University offers the breadth of campus involvement opportunities to satisfy the personal interests of just about anyone.

As part of the academic program, students are able to preview the profession by attending conferences and conventions, interacting with students from other programs nationally and internationally, becoming actively involved in volunteer and service learning projects, and advocating for federal legislation that impacts the profession. Learn more about these professional student activities

SLP Student Ambassadors - NEW FALL 2021

Photo of SLP StickerThe purpose of the SLP Ambassadors program is to provide an opportunity for current students to serve as representatives in events and activities throughout the year.  Some example events may include connecting with high school students interested in SLP, participating in marketing and promotion of the program in pictures, videos, etc., serving as student representatives on new initiatives such as ways to support and promote student well-being, diversity/equity/inclusion initiatives, engagement with the regional/global community, and more.

Faculty advisor: Dr. Heather Rusiewicz

By serving as an SLP Ambassador, you not only represent DU SLP but feel even more connected to the SLP department.

American Sign Language Club (ASL) 

Pi Mu Epsilon LogoOur goal is to raise awareness for Deaf culture and the Deaf community, as well as give students the beginning words and tools to learn ASL in a supportive environment! We aim to elevate Deaf individuals' perspectives in order to learn and grow from their beautiful culture! As future SLPs, it is important we know the basics of ASL and Deaf culture! Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience!

ASL Club President: Brooke Yurick

Faculty co-advisors: Dr. Heather Rusiewicz and Dr. Susan Snyder

Best Buddies

Best Buddies Logo Best Buddies is an international organization that focuses on creating lasting friendships between people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and those without.  Best Buddies promotes inclusion, respect, and awareness through one-to-one matching of Duquesne student to an adult "Buddy" with IDD. All are welcome to join.

Club President: Andrea Horrocks, SLP Major, Y3PP

Faculty co-advisors: Mrs. Lori Marra and Mrs. Katie Micco


Duquesne Chapter of NSSLHA logoNSSLHA, the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, is an independent organization that is recognized by our professional association, the American Speech-Language- Hearing Association (ASHA). NSSLHA is the official organization for students interested in human communication sciences and disorders. It was created because of student’s desires for closer affiliation with professionals in the discipline of human communication sciences and disorders.

Club President: Angelina Zampini

Faculty advisor: Mrs. Katie Micco

NSSLHA members participate in many different events throughout the year.  Social events, conferences, service projects, fundraising, educational workshops and events are a great time for members to get to know each other and SLP faculty members.

NSSLHA Requirements: In order to be a member in good standing, students are required to complete 5 hours of service each semester.  These hours include all of the opportunities through NSSLHA plus any other service activities (i.e., volunteering) that students participate in outside of NSSLHA.  Students are also required to attend all meetings and participate in the fundraising opportunities.

Study Abroad Opportunity

Photo of world and hands Let the world become your classroom! Duquesne University recognizes the impact of study abroad experiences in shaping young adults who are intellectually aware, culturally sensitive, and professionally prepared to become global citizens. Duquesne's unique Rome and Dublin Campuses provide once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for students. A wide range of semester-long and short-term programs offer students an impressive range of options to explore the world.

Future Health Professionals in the Rangos School of Health Sciences will gain invaluable cultural awareness and perspective through expanding their knowledge beyond the typical classroom and learning abroad. Study abroad for Rangos students can be found here.

For more information contact the Center for Global Engagement at studyabroad@duq.edu or 412-396-1431.

Women in Stem at Duquesne University

Duquesne WIS Logo Women in STEM at Duquesne University (WIS@DU) promotes and supports women in basic and applied sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics career paths at Duquesne University.

WIS@DU hosts public workshops to discuss professional and personal development, as well as provide opportunities for women in the Duquesne University science community. See Women in STEM Collections!

John G. Rangos, Sr. School of Health Science Faculty Liasons: Dr. Elena Donoso Brown (OT) and Dr. Kimberly Willams (BME)