The following candidate statement was written prior to Lang's election as Director of Membership of the Student Assembly Board of Directors.
Together we stand, divided we fall. A motto that has been uttered throughout the ages. In the field of physical therapy, it holds as true now as it ever has before. As healthcare reforms take effect, our profession is taking a place in society where it has the potential to be a game changer. In order to be the change our nation needs, we need to be at our best and at our strongest.
I whole-heartedly believe unification is the key to becoming the best Student Assembly we can be, and that is why I want to be the next Director of Membership. This mission is more than just a belief for me. Having not discovered the Student Assembly until more than half way through my education, I know that there is more to be done to help reach more students sooner. I believe there are hundreds out there who want to get involved and have a lot to offer if only they knew of the opportunities available to them.
As Co-President for the University of Minnesota's Class of 2015, I have gained and honed many skills that have prepared me to be your Director of Membership. My duties include acting as a relay between faculty and the students, organizing class meetings, and speaking to new and prospective students. I also worked on objectives such as establishing a new class office within our class government—the Interclass Ambassador—and amending the class constitutions by adding a clause that called for current students to be good stewards for new students. Both of these initiatives were designed to strengthen our program by bringing us together. This philosophy of teamwork and community is something I will bring to the Director of Membership position. Before PT school, I worked on a team as an engineer. I gained many skills such as effective communication, project management and planning, and post hoc analysis. However, the most important thing I learned was the value of teamwork. It takes everyone doing their parts, as supports as well as leads, in order to succeed.
As your Director of Membership, I want to bring as many people together as possible. I will focus on awareness and education of the Student Assembly and APTA to those just entering school, as well as to schools with lower membership numbers. The Reach100 Student Membership Challenge list featured over 100 schools in 2014. This is great, but there are more than 500 PT/PTA programs in the United States – I think we can do better. I want to start an initiative to recognize those who make any progress to increase APTA membership—not just those already involved—because every member counts. In addition to the Loop Communication Network, I want to expand efforts on spreading information by word of mouth, using events such as PT Pub Nights where all are welcome, whether they are members or not.
Now is the time to move PT forward. Now is the time to stand together.