Communication Students Lobby on 'The Hill'


Photo Caption: Titans who attended the annual Capitol Hill Day are (from left): Baothu Nguyen, president of CSUF’s Student Speech Therapists and Audiologists Nurturing Cultural Enrichment; Nikki Belle Tanglao Jose; Alexa Tomaselli; Carsen Lane, president of CSUF’s National Student Speech Language Hearing Association; Cynthia Plascencia, Joyce Lee, and Michelle D’Mello, vice president of government relations and public policy for national NSSHLA.

Seven students in the department of communication sciences and disorders participated in the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s annual Capitol Hill Day on Oct. 4.

The students discussed the Medicare outpatient therapy cap and autism services with staffers of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and Rep. Linda Sanchez.

"The trip was so far one of the most enlightening experiences I’ve had as an undergraduate communicative sciences and disorders student in CSUF,” said Nikki Belle Tanglao Jose, a senior communicative disorders major. “It humanized the bills and laws that these powerful people decide on every day, and it was an honor to represent the people that we as future clinicians will work with, and it was truly a gift to advocate for these people who are so worthy to have their voices heard.”