Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity statement

The Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences values diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core strength and essential element in the success of its mission. We strive to create an environment where respect for others supports meaningful dialogue across broad, interprofessional issues grounded in academic inquiry, research, and discovery. Our Department provides opportunities to serve and promote better communication to an evolving and increasingly diverse community. We are committed to:

  • Ensuring equity and access across the broad range of our research, teaching, and clinical activities;
  • Maintaining a culture in which all students, faculty, staff, and clients feel welcome, regardless of race, ethnicity, language or dialect, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, ability status, educational credentials, socioeconomic status, immigration status, and other forms of difference;
  • Valuing myriad and differing intellectual contributions, political and ideological views, and lived experiences for their capacity to enrich the learning process and contribute to the Department's success, and;
  • Cultivating our students' skills to address the needs of diverse populations, to value inclusion and equity, and to practice ethically across research, teaching and clinical practice.

 We believe that tangible educational, organizational, and personal benefits result from applying a critical lens to ourselves and our environment, individually and collectively examining our biases, assumptions, and worldviews, and challenging and mitigating structural inequities. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is grounded in our aspiration to cultivate intellectual rigor and curiosity among our students and to prepare them to thrive in and contribute to a globally diverse, complex, and interconnected world.