Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging


Members of the University of Kansas Speech Language Hearing Sciences and Disorders department value human rights and social justice.  We assert that all faculty, staff, and students must be treated with respect, feel safe in their classes, offices and other workspaces, and be supported in carrying out their studies and work. Cultural and linguistic diversity are central to the field of speech-language-hearing sciences and integral to clinical practice in speech-language pathology and audiology. As a department, we strive to create an environment where differences are valued and respected, and all people, including people of different races, gender identities and abilities, have an equitable opportunity for success. We believe that all students benefit from training and experiences that will help them to learn, lead, and serve in an increasingly diverse society.


Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders values diversity of skills, experiences, and perspectives. In collaboration with Hearing and Speech at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders developed a holistic admissions process that evaluates applicants beyond grades and GRE scores.  In fact, in 2019 and 2020, our graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology eliminated the GRE requirement for admission into our programs. Instead, our Admissions Committees evaluate students in the following areas:  academic ability and preparation, analytical skills, communication skills, cultural and linguistic diversity, interpersonal skills, potential for leadership, and potential for professionalism. For more information, please see our Admissions Overview.

In 2021 students formed the group AMSCSD which stands for the Advancement for Minority Students in Communication Sciences & Disorders. AMSCSD promotes the understanding of the communication needs of the CLD population in the communities served by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), Audiologists (AuDs), and other related allied health professionals. The organization aims to support speech-language pathology and audiology students in their academic experiences and empower them through mentorship and resources. More information can be found at the AMSCSD website.

The Betty Bunce Multicultural Lecture Series is held annually in honor of the retired faculty member Betty H. Bunce, Ph.D. The lecture series brings a multicultural expert to KU each year to collaborate with our faculty and enhance student learning around speech-language-hearing services for the diverse clients we serve.

Previous lectures:

Three Strikes: Communication Disorders, Children of Color and the Cradle-to-Confinement Pipeline by Shameka Stanford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Admissions Director, Howard University, Cathy Hughes School of Communication.  

Language Differences: A Help or a Hindrance for Teaching Poor Children to Read? by Julie Washington, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Georgia State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Evidence-based Considerations for Language Intervention with Dual Language Learners by Laida Restrepo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, ASHA Fellow, Honors Faculty, Arizona State University Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

Dismantling the Silos: New Ways of Thinking About Cultural Diversity by Barbara Rodriguez, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Chair, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of New Mexico.

Speech-Language-Hearing: Sciences & Disorders values diversity of skills, experiences, and perspectives. In collaboration with Hearing and Speech at the University of Kansas Medical Center, the Intercampus Program in Communicative Disorders developed a holistic admissions process that evaluates applicants beyond grades and GRE scores.  In fact, in 2019 and 2020, our graduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology eliminated the GRE requirement for admission into our programs. Instead, our Admissions Committees evaluate students in the following areas:  academic ability and preparation, analytical skills, communication skills, cultural and linguistic diversity, interpersonal skills, potential for leadership, and potential for professionalism. For more information, please see our Admissions Overview.

In 2021 students formed the group AMSCSD which stands for the Advancement for Minority Students in Communication Sciences & Disorders. AMSCSD promotes the understanding of the communication needs of the CLD population in the communities served by Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs), Audiologists (AuDs), and other related allied health professionals. The organization aims to support speech-language pathology and audiology students in their academic experiences and empower them through mentorship and resources. More information can be found at the AMSCSD website.

The Betty Bunce Multicultural Lecture Series is held annually in honor of the retired faculty member Betty H. Bunce, Ph.D. The lecture series brings a multicultural expert to KU each year to collaborate with our faculty and enhance student learning around speech-language-hearing services for the diverse clients we serve.

Previous lectures:

Three Strikes: Communication Disorders, Children of Color and the Cradle-to-Confinement Pipeline by Shameka Stanford, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Admissions Director, Howard University, Cathy Hughes School of Communication.  

Language Differences: A Help or a Hindrance for Teaching Poor Children to Read? by Julie Washington, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Georgia State University, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Evidence-based Considerations for Language Intervention with Dual Language Learners by Laida Restrepo, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor, ASHA Fellow, Honors Faculty, Arizona State University Department of Speech and Hearing Science.

Dismantling the Silos: New Ways of Thinking About Cultural Diversity by Barbara Rodriguez, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Professor and Chair, Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences, University of New Mexico.

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