SLP Diversity Corp
SLP Diversity Corp
Sparking curiosity and mentorship to engage a more diverse future of speech-language pathology
 
 

Our Mission:

Engage.

Enlighten. Empower. Envision.

We engage with undergraduate classes to spark curiosity and mentorship in the field of speech-language pathology. We foster a community of real conversation about how people from all backgrounds can become speech-language pathologists. We envision a new generation of  SLPs that strengthens innovation through diverse perspectives in order to solve some of the most pressing research and clinical challenges of our time.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

Our goal is 40 by 2040: 40% of applications to speech-language pathology graduate programs will be from currently under-represented groups by the year 2040.

About this project...

The Stats

  • 6% of ASHA members and affiliates self-identify as bilingual service providers (ASHA, 2018). 64% of these are Spanish-language service providers.

  • 95% of ASHA’s total membership and affiliation are women (ASHA, 2018).
  • 4% of master’s degrees in speech language pathology are granted to men. 16% of research doctorates in speech language pathology are granted to men (2014 CSD Education Survey).
  • 14 of the 17 2018 ASHA Board of Directors are women.
  • 15.84% of students enrolled in speech-language pathology masters programs self-identify as being from a racial or ethnic minority (2014 CSD Education Survey).

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Our Impact

Genuine and lasting change takes time. It takes a small, intentional effort, repeated continuously, to build momentum. The SLP Diversity Corp members are committed to giving one 10-minute presentation to one undergraduate class each year and to offer job shadowing and mentorship connections.

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members

Members of SLP Diversity Corp commit to giving one 10-minute presentation to one undergraduate class each year and to opening their door for job shadowing and mentorship. View directory.

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Presentations given

These presentations are given by current and retired SLPs to undergraduate classes around the world to spark curiosity about the field of speech-language pathology

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students reached

We track students by the number of students who have sat in on a presentation given by an SLP about the field of speech-language pathology.

 

FROM Wade Davis AND HIS BOOK,
The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World:

"If diversity is a source of wonder, its opposite – the ubiquitous condensation to some blandly amorphous and singularly generic modern culture that takes for granted an impoverished environment – is a source of dismay. There is, indeed, a fire burning over the earth, taking with it plants and animals, cultures, languages, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. Quelling this flame, and re-inventing the poetry of diversity is perhaps the most important challenge of our times."

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Stories

People from traditionally under-represented groups in speech-language pathology have many stories to share that are paving the way for others.

 

Jasmine E. (Spruill) Young
MS, CCC-SLP

Lecturer/Clinical Supervisor
The Center for Communication Disorders, Murray State

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Rinki Varindani Desai

Story coming soon.

ZACHARY SMITH, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech-Language Pathologist and Endoscopist
CenterPoint Speech
SoCal Swallowing & Voice Diagnostics
Los Angeles, CA

 

TOM Dixon M.S. CCC-SLP
Speech Language Pathologist

The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis