According to the demographic profile of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) constituents, 92% of practicing speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identified as White (2020). Moreover, a mere 8% of practicing SLPs indicated that they identify as a person of color and a mere 6% of practicing SLPs indicated that they identify as a Latinx/Hispanic individual. The result of this demographic phenomenon is that there are often profound communication breakdowns and cultural disconnects between therapists and the students, clients, and patients they treat, as well as families and caregivers. Due to this concern, there is a dire need regarding representation and cultural awareness concerns that impact patient care.

Introducing DiverCity SLP

In 2018, DiverCity SLP was formed by my colleagues and I when we saw a huge need to increase diversity and representation of clinicians in the speech-language pathology field. Over the past few years, DiverCity SLP has been dedicated to the recruitment of students of color from local high schools and community colleges in the hopes that they will pursue a career as speech-language pathologists. DiverCity SLP has also presented on a variety of topics including, culturally and linguistically responsive practices, dynamic assessments, cultural and linguistic diversity, barriers to entry, and examining microaggressions/implicit biases impacting students in the field. For more information regarding our mission, you can visit our Instagram page or schedule a consultation via our Calendly page.