HAMPTON, Va. (November 19, 2019) – Dr. Jessica Sullivan, assistant professor and graduate coordinator for the Hampton University Communicative Sciences and Disorders department, is serving as the 2019 convention co-chair of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) in Orlando, FL., November 21-23.
“Dr. Jessica Sullivan has done a tremendous job in her role as Graduate Coordinator for the Communicative Sciences and Disorders department. Co-chairing the American Speech and Hearing Association Convention is a great achievement for not only the department, but for Hampton University as well,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey.
The ASHA Convention is the premier annual professional development and networking event for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. The conference offers a wide array of sessions that draw on the theme, “Imagine More,” to meet the continuing education needs of communication sciences and disorders professionals. This is an incredible experience for clinicians, scientists and scholars.
Dr. Sullivan is currently the highest ranking alumni in the 20-year history of the Minority Student Leadership Program (MSLP) and her committee is comprised of over 600 researchers, clinicians and students from audiology and speech language pathology. Current projections for attendance of this convention are exceeding previous attendance records for this conference in this location.
“I am excited to see that we have increased the number of audiologists that will attend convention this year. This is the third highest audiology attendance in ASHA convention history,” Dr. Sullivan said. “It is great to have my Hampton colleagues and students attending ASHA to support me in this milestone in my career. Hampton University will be well represented at the national convention. It is important for our students to see their professors participating in various service roles at the national level.”
Steve Pemberton will serve as the keynote speaker of the opening session. Pemberton is an author, philanthropist, speaker and senior level executive for companies such as Monster.com, Walgreens Boots Alliance, and Globoforce. He endured a tumultuous childhood in which he was an orphan and subsequently placed into foster care. Despite suffering abuse and neglect in his foster parents’ home, a kind neighbor instilled in him a love of reading that would fuel the hope and perseverance he needed to imagine a better life for himself. Now, he is passionate about creating opportunities for disadvantaged youth, having established The Pemberton Fund for the Future at The Home for Little Wanderers and A Chance in the World, which supports aspiring youth in their efforts to reach their goals.
This year also celebrates 50 years of the ASHA Office of Multicultural Affairs and the 20th Anniversary of the program.
“Dr. Sullivan’s engagement with ASHA as a conference co-chair is a significant accomplishment for her and for Hampton University. It will significantly raise the profile of our Communicative Sciences and Disorders department and help us attract talented students and faculty,” said Dr. Calvin Lowe, Dean of the Hampton University School of Science.
For more information about the convention, please visit https://convention.asha.org/.