Departmental Policies/Actions Supporting Equity & Inclusion

Our Department has been making, and will continue to make, efforts to structure policies and procedures so they allow broad participation in our field. Some recent examples are listed below.

Ongoing Faculty participation in programs designed to expand undergraduate access to research through programs under the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium

Ongoing Ensuring that we offer advising, classes, and mentoring opportunities to ensure all students understand the admissions process, how to succeed in our undergraduate program, and are in a position to be fully prepared for graduate school. Some examples include:

  • Since 2016 SCI 195 “Student Success Strategies for Speech, Language, and Hearing Science Students” This course is automatically added to the schedule of freshmen who have declared a major and recommended for transfer students.
  • Since 2018 SLHS 497 “Mapping Your Future” This course is available to any undergraduate and focuses on exploring the field and practical preparation for life after the undergraduate degree
  • Since 2018 Brown Bag Sessions. These informal sessions were created to increase interactions between faculty and students. Each meeting has a topic, which varies widely and is based on student input

2013 Added to curriculum: SLHS 435/535 Bilingual, Mulitculturalism, & Nonmainstream Dialects (Fabiano-Smith)

2013 Established a bilingual certificate programs. Our is one of only 30 MS and 3 AuD graduate programs with a specific focus on bilingualism in the nation.

2014 Hired Bilingual Clinical Faculty member (Motoyoshi) and expanded community bilingual clinical practicum opportunities

2017 Added to curriculum: SLHS 597 Topics in Delivery for Bilingual Populations (Motoyoshi)

2018 Establishment of a dedicated lactation room

2019 Creation of an Inclusive Teaching Practices resource

2019 Extensive review of Admissions criteria and implemented a holistic admissions process. This process de-emphasized standardized test scores, and specifically recognized the value of experiences including work and caregiving.

2020 Discontinued GRE requirements for MS and AuD program admissions for 2021 applicants, with a commitment to reviewing this requirement for future application cycles.

We are continuing to work on ways to improve our policies and procedures and will update the website as we make progress towards our goals.

Do you have a suggestion for a policy we might consider? (See the Equity and Inclusion Committee page to see some of the initiatives that committee is currently working on). Do you have feedback or questions about a policy/procedure that is in place? Do you want to help us shape our policies? Tell us!