Washington University in St. Louis Participates in Local Walk4Hearing Event
The SAA Chapter at Washington University in St. Louis was proud to participate in the St. Louis Walk4Hearing on September 30. As a chapter, members are continually inspired to actively engage in the St. Louis community and to advocate for hearing health care and awareness about hearing loss. Leading up to the event, chapter members worked hard to educate friends, family, and community members on the mission of the Hearing Loss Association of America by handing out Walk4Hearing pamphlets and engaging in social media outreach. In 2016, the Washington University SAA chapter was excited to have raised almost $1,000 for Walk4Hearing. This year the chapter’s Humanitarian Chair, Melanie Lutz, challenged members to fundraise $2,000, doubling the amount raised the year before. In order to meet this goal, members created videos for our with Melanie Lutz interviewing three of our graduate students, Meg Butler (Audiology), Mitch Olsen (Deaf Education), and Emily Camacho (Audiology), and asked them why they felt it was important to “walk for hearing”. SAA members found that through posting personalized and engaging social media content, they were better able to spread awareness about hearing loss and why this cause is so important to the chapter. 43 students from Washington University graduate programs in Audiology and Deaf Education participate in the Walk4Hearing and the team raised a grand total $2,045, exceeding the original goal! As a community, St. Louis raised an amazing $30,718 for this cause. The Washington University SAA chapter had a great time working together as a team, and is looking forward to engaging in more advocacy and humanitarian events throughout the semester.