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Faculty of Color in Communication Sciences and Disorders: An Overdue Conversation
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups
  • Avinash Mishra, Sacred Heart University
  • Giselle Núñez, Saint Xavier University
  • Cara E. Tyson, Faulkner University
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Peer-Reviewed Article
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Representation of faculty of color (FoC) in the discipline of communication sciences and disorders is limited. FoC face unique challenges within academic institutions. As FoC, we present an overview of three critical areas that directly affect our academic careers: cultural competency, imposter syndrome, and racial microaggression. Definitions, examples, and potential solutions to improve the experience of FoC are provided. Conclusions

While this article provides a foundation for further discussion, we call upon institutions of higher learning to act now and to recognize the unique obstacles faced by FoC. By implementing solutions, the current academic climate will reflect inclusivity and support of FoC.

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Citation Information

Mishra, A., Núñez, G., & Tyson, C. E. (2021). Faculty of color in communication sciences and disorders: An overdue conversation. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, 1-5. Doi: 10.1044/2021_PERSP-20-00176