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NMSU student selected as fellow for ASHA Minority Student Leadership Program

New Mexico State University graduate student Victoria Flores has been selected as a fellow for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's Minority Student Leadership Program.


Studio head shot of NMSU graduate student Victoria Flores, 2011 American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's Minority Student Leadership Program Fellow.
Victoria Flores, a New Mexico State University graduate student, has been selected as a fellow for the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association's Minority Student Leadership Program. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

As an MSLP Fellow, Flores will travel to the national ASHA convention in November and be part of a six-day leadership-training program held in San Diego. She will participate in daily leadership-focused activities, observe the ASHA leadership at work, explore the multicultural implications of leadership and governance in ASHA and identify future mentors and ways to become a mentor. The aim of the MSLP is to identify, recruit and retain racial/ethnic minorities who have been historically under-represented in the professions.

"I am very thankful to have been selected as a participant for the Minority Student Leadership Program. This opportunity will serve as my introduction to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the credentialing association for speech-language pathologists," Flores said. "I am very excited to see how I can become not only a therapist for individuals with communication disorders, but also an advocate. I am confident that seeing how the association functions will provide me with that knowledge."

Marlene Salas-Provance, director of the NMSU College of Education's Communication Disorders Program, nominated Flores, who was selected from a pool of national applicants.

"Victoria has unlimited potential academically. I foresee her taking a significant role in the future leadership of our profession," Salas-Provance said.

Salas-Provance said Flores has shown leadership skills throughout her time at NMSU, serving as an Associated Students of NMSU senator, residential assistant at Monagle Hall, Student Support Services mentor and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association vice-president during her undergraduate years at NMSU. Flores is currently a College of Education Student Ambassador and is a Crimson Scholar with a 3.9 grade point average.

"I am glad to be completing my coursework in the Communication Disorders Program here at NMSU," Flores said. "I have an individual relationship with each member of the faculty, I am specifically taught how to treat individuals of diverse populations and I am constantly provided instruction on how to become a better clinician."

Originally from Alamogordo, N.M., Flores is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jose Armando Flores. She is the second MSLP Fellow from NMSU. She joins the 1999 recipient, Julie Marie Moreno. Flores is planning to finish her master's in May 2012 and work in a medical setting in southern New Mexico.