Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA)

Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA) is a recognized chapter of the National Student Speech-Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). COMDSA strives to help its members gain personal, professional, and academic growth through advocacy events and volunteering opportunities. COMDSA members also receive mentorship from graduate students, faculty, and staff. COMDSA works to increase awareness of communicative disorders in the community. All NIU students are welcomed to join and learn about communicative disorders.


Organization Information

  • Must be a full or part-time student to join
  • Meetings are Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. in Wirtz Hall 204


  • Join a National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) chapter organization
  • Eligible for scholarships as a NSSLHA member
  • Volunteering opportunities on and off campus
  • Interactions with other organizations
  • Personal connections with professors and other professionals
  • Professional growth through advocacy events
  • Personal development in the community
  • Meeting other students with similar goals
  • Assistance with graduate school
  • GRE workshop opportunity


  • NSSLHA Chapter Honors
    • 2019 Gold
    • 2021 Silver
    • 2022 Silver
    • 2023 Gold
  • NIU Most Outstanding Student Organization
    • 2016
    • 2019
    • 2021
    • 2023
  • Illinois Speech- Language-Hearing Association Video Ethics Essay Award
    • 2021 Winner
    • 2022 Finalist
    • 2023 Third Place
  • Illinois Speech- Language-Hearing Association College Bowl Champions
    • 2021

Executive Board Team

  • Victor Becerra Cano, president
  • Henry Tomiser, vice-president
  • Cheyanne Lubeck, secretary
  • Dannielle Pilz, treasurer
  • Emerson Gaines, historian
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