Noma Anderson, president of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), will be honored today (Nov. 15) by the Harvard Foundation for her outstanding leadership and contributions to American education and health services. At a reception in her honor, Anderson will be presented with the Harvard Foundation Medallion.
“We are delighted to have the opportunity to welcome Dr. Anderson to Harvard, to honor her achievements, professional example, and contributions to the well-being of others,” stated S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation and professor of neurology/neurophysiology.
Besides serving as ASHA president, Anderson is professor and chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, at Florida International University. A speech-language pathologist, she has been an ASHA member for 31 years.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from the Harvard Foundation,” she commented. “As ASHA moves forward, it is vital that we are able to attract students, both men and women, from all racial and ethnic backgrounds to careers in speech-language pathology and audiology.” Anderson added, “It is important that we provide them with the very best academic and clinical education so that they will be able to provide high-quality clinical service to clients from a wide variety of diverse backgrounds. This award acknowledges that work and will help continue it.”