Why are you interested in joining the national SAA Board of Directors?

Effective delegation is critical for leadership in the Student Academy of Audiology Board of Directors. It involves understanding members’ strengths, clearly defining responsibilities, and viewing tasks as opportunities for professional development. Encouraging collaboration, regular check-ins, and recognizing contributions foster a cohesive team. For example, when delegating roles for a fundraising event, identify members’ skills, assign responsibilities, provide training, hold regular meetings, and publicly acknowledge efforts. This approach ensures a well-coordinated effort, leveraging individual strengths to achieve collective goals.

What unique traits or skills will you bring to a leadership position with the national SAA?

In a leadership position with the national Student Academy of Audiology, I bring a combination of unique traits and skills that I believe will contribute significantly to the organization. As a trailblazer representing the intersectionality of being Sudanese, hard of hearing, and wearing a hijab, I offer a diverse perspective that aligns with the increasing need for inclusivity in the field of audiology. My experiences provide insights into the challenges faced by individuals with similar backgrounds, fostering empathy and understanding.

Furthermore, my communication skills and passion for advocacy empower me to effectively engage with students, professionals, and stakeholders. I am adept at promoting a culture of inclusivity, encouraging open dialogue, and collaborating on initiatives that address the diverse needs of the student body.

Additionally, my commitment to personal and professional development aligns with the goals of [national] SAA, enabling me to contribute to the organization’s growth and the advancement of audiology. In essence, my exceptional background and skills equip me to contribute a significant and positive influence in a leadership capacity within the national SAA.

If you could change one thing about the profession of audiology, what would it be?

One potential aspect to address could be the accessibility and affordability of hearing health-care services. Ensuring that hearing care is more widely available and affordable could have a positive impact on public health, especially considering the prevalence of hearing-related issues. This might involve advocating for policies that support broader access to hearing screenings, hearing aids, and related services, as well as finding innovative ways to make these services more cost-effective and inclusive. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that viewpoints regarding the required changes in the audiology field can vary among professionals and stakeholders.