Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Inclusion for Speech-Language Pathology Minority Graduate Students
by Roberts, Teresa Michelle, Ed.D., Portland State University, 2020, 409; 28154720
Abstract (Summary)

Speech-language pathologists provide assessment and intervention for communication, cognition, and swallowing disorders for individuals across the lifespan in educational, medical, and private practice settings. The demographics of professionals in the field do not reflect those of the general public in regard to race and ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, LGBTQ+, and disability. Lack of representation of minorities limits research, policy, and services designed to serve diverse populations. Although initiatives have sought to address lack of diversity of speech-language pathologists, limited research on the graduate training experience for minority students is available. Since a master’s degree is required to become a speech-language pathologist, the experiences of minority students in their graduate training programs offer a unique perspective on inclusion in relation to diversity. This study examined minority graduate students’ experiences of inclusion, their advice to a peer, recommendations to programs, and the design of an inclusive recruitment flyer. Results of the study showed how many speech-language pathology graduate programs are designed to operate from a privileged perspective that is white, middle-class, female, cisgender and heterosexual, and neurotypical and able-bodied. When applying critical theory and social justice concepts (Sensoy & DiAngelo, 2012), this perspective serves as a form of privilege that oppresses minority students through multiple practices that grant benefits and opportunities to a dominant identity group. Recommendations are provided to program administrators, faculty members, and students, which address underlying beliefs about diversity, offerways to change the environment to promote inclusion, and include mitigation strategies for the negative effects of lack of inclusion.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: De Pry, Randall
Commitee: Gildersleeve-Neumann, Christina, Falco, Ruth, Wilkinson, Lindsey
School: Portland State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 82/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Special education, Speech therapy
Keywords: Diversity, Graduate school, Inclusion, Minority, Speech language pathology, Universal design for learning
Publication Number: 28154720
ISBN: 9798557039543
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