Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The 2021 Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is Heather Ferguson, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

 The mission of the Committee for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion is to develop trainings, workshops, and help MSHA to become a more inclusive organization that embraces and champions diversity

♦We want to express our outrage and concern over the tragic events in Atlanta, Georgia that took the lives of eight individuals, and injured one individual. We speak their names: Delaina Ashley Yaun, Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Hyun Jung Grant, Soon Chung Park, Suncha Kim, Yong Ae Yue, and Elcias Hernadez-Ortiz. The Michigan Speech-Language-Hearing Association supports and stands with Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders, and we oppose all forms of racism, prejudice, discrimination, and violence. We must work together to stop racism. We must work together to stop hate. We stand in solidarity with the Asian and Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus, our Asian and Pacific Islander colleagues, our Asian and Pacific Islander students, and the Asian and Pacific Islander individuals and families that we collaborate with in their care.

♦Did you know there was group for LGBTQ Speech-Language Pathologists? L'GASP is a forum in which gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allied SLPs and audiologists work on issues that concern their professional lives. For more information or to join L'GASP

Multicultural Constituency Groups
Multicultural constituency groups (MCCGs) are allied/related professional organizations that are independent of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Each MCCG focuses on an identified population and addresses the client/patient/professional/student perspective of that population. Through both individual and collective efforts, the MCCGs recruit professionals; promote cultural competence and improvement in the quality of speech, language, and hearing services; promote research and knowledge related to identification, diagnosis, and treatment; support students; advocate at the local, state, and national levels for consumers; encourage leadership and engagement in professional and related issues, provide professional support and networking opportunities; and disseminate information and resources. ASHA provides information on these organizations here as a resource for members and/or the public. ASHA provides no financial support to these organizations. 

♦Issues in Ethics: Cultural and Linguistic Competence

♦Faculty Take On Culturally Insensitive Test Items
An offensive item spurs California State University, East Bay, faculty members and clinical staff to address inappropriate images in published materials.

Adapting Early Language Interventions for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity
A literature review offers recommendations to advance early language research and practice in culturally and linguistically diverse populations

Dr. Ida J. Stockman Achievement in Diversity & Infusion Award

MSHA has created a new award for individuals who make significant contributions to diversity and infusion within the fields of speech pathology, audiology and society.  This prestigious award has been named the "Dr. Ida J. Stockman Achievement in Diversity & Infusion Award" in honor of Dr. Stockman's contributions to diversity and infusion within the classroom, research laboratory, and clinical settings.  Dr. Yvette Hyter, Ph.D., CCC-SLP was awarded the inaugural Dr. Ida J. Stockman Achievement in Diversity & Infusion Award based on her significant research contributions in the area of diversity. The award was presented to Dr. Hyter at the MSHA Annual Conference on March 18, 2021.