Increasing Equity and Inclusion for Minoritized Students and Faculty in Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Ethnic and racial disparities within the fields of audiology and speech-language
pathology have been well documented. Demographic data from the most recent ASHA
survey revealed that 6.1% of ASHA members identify as Hispanic or Latino and 8.5% as
“racial minorities.” These numbers are significantly below those of the overall U.S.
population—16.3% and 27.6%, respectively, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The
articles in this collection present models for increasing equity and inclusion across our
discipline. Girolamo and Ghali introduce a student-led grassroots initiative that supports
minority students at all levels. Mohapatra and Mohan propose a model for increasing
student diversity and inclusion based on successful programs from other health-related
disciplines. Finally, Mishra et al. examined three challenges that faculty of color face:
cultural competency, imposter syndrome, and racial microaggressions.
will be able to:
- describe three initiatives that support minority students in CSD
- list strategies for increasing recruitment and retention of diverse students in
- summarize challenges faced by faculty of color
in This Course
- Developing, Implementing, and Learning From a Student-Led Initiative to Support
Minority Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders by Teresa M. Girolamo and
Samantha Ghali, published in SIG 10, Volume 6, Issue 4, August 20, 2021
- A Proposed Framework for Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Communication
Sciences and Disorders Academic Programs: The REAP Model by Bijoyaa Mohapatra
and Ranjini Mohan, published in SIG 10, Volume 6, Issue 4, August 20, 2021
- Faculty of Color in Communication Sciences and Disorders: An Overdue Conversation
by Avinash Mishra, Giselle Núñez, and Cara E. Tyson, published in SIG 10, Volume 6, Issue 4, August 20, 2021
DEI Professional Development Requirement
This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.
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