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Exploration of Speech-Language Pathology from a Social Justice and Critical Race Theory Perspective
Speech-language pathologists (SLP) provide services for communication, cognition, and swallowing disorders to individuals from racially diverse backgrounds in educational, health care, and private practice settings; however, there is a great discrepancy in client-clinician demographics with minimal representation of clinicians from diverse backgrounds to serve diverse population of clients (ASHA, 2020). The current SLP culture continues to show a strong preference for White individuals as reflected through the professional demographics, researched populations and biased standardized assessments (ASHA, 2019) (Kohert, 2009). As a result, BIPOC clients may be met with inequitable services that can have long-term effects. By adopting a critical race theory and social justice perspective, SLPs may better understand how their beliefs, behaviors, and attitudes may be oppressive towards racial/ethnic minoritized groups. Therefore, this project aims to present three self-paced education modules that discuss different forms of racism: institutional, systemic, and interpersonal, and how these may be detrimental to clients, SLP students, and colleagues across educational and health care settings.