E & I Committee Work

The Equity and Inclusion Committee (Chair: Dr. Leah Fabiano-Smith) was created in 2017 to facilitate the Department’s efforts to increase equity and inclusion across all levels of our program (e.g., pospective students, undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff) in all of our activities (e.g., teaching, hiring, admissions, research, policy).

Policies/procedures spearheaded by the committee are available on the Departmental Policies/Procedures page. The committee’s work is ongoing, and current efforts include:

  • Faculty training on anti-racism in individual student interactions and clinic/classroom procedures
  • Considerations of ways to better reflect inclusive teaching and mentoring practices in faculty and assessments
  • Long-term hiring strategies
  • Department policies for reporting/responding to instances of tokenism, microagressions, or other racist or non-inclusive actions
  • Ways to broaden opportunities for all students to receive specific training in working with culturally and linguistically populations.
  • Identifying and connecting students with campus support services
  • Faculty-student mentoring program for underrepresented students in the major and the profession
  • Dialogue and collaboration with student groups supporting underrepresented groups
  • Better ways to incorporate our alumni and the broader community into these efforts

The committee has gathered and developed worksheets, guides, and handouts, including:

Do you have some feedback? Ideas? Do you want to be involved? Contact Dr. Fabiano-Smith.

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free of discrimination -- in the classroom, the clinical setting, and the workplace.  The University of Arizona Office of Institutional Equity provides education and support for these efforts.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University prohibits discrimination in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information and is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual harassment and retaliation.

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.