Recruiting And Retaining Underrepresented Students In Communication Sciences And Disorders: A Community Based Participatory Research Approach (Poster)

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Jennifer Buff CCC-SLP, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: The field of communication sciences and disorders has a diversity problem that has not changed since the profession began in the 1920s. Currently, only 8.3% of American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA, 2019) members identify as racial minorities, and only 5.8% identify as Hispanic or Latin. The time has come to make changes in the diversity in our field. This study seeks perspectives from underrepresented practicing speech- language pathologists and audiologists about their own journey to the field and how best to help future practitioners during their pre-clinical academic training. (ASHA) first made a commitment to diversity and inclusion in 1969, but little has been accomplished since that time. Available studies have focused on increasing diversity in the field of speech-language pathology by surveying undergraduate students (Fuse, 2018) or examining university-wide efforts (Woods, et al., 2015). We have selected a novel approach by inviting practicing clinicians as research team members to better inform the authenticity of the projected outcomes to increase diversity and inclusion in our field.

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Klein, J., Buff, J., Comello, L., & Gobran, H. (2021). Recruiting and Retaining Underrepresented Students in Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Community Based Participatory Research Approach (Poster). RECAPP 2021, The Office of Research, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. NC Docks permission granted by author(s).
Language: English
Date: 2021
RECAPP 2021, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

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