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Critical conversations in the community

CSHA Convos were launched in 2020 as a virtual space for conversations across the profession. Convos are intended to be a safe place where some of the most-needed conversations can happen … a place for insights, knowledge and awareness. CSHA hopes to elevate all the unique voices in the field, creating the opportunity for learning from the lived experiences of professionals who are navigating through these challenging times.

CSHA Convos are lightly moderated and include audience Q&A for an interactive discussion. In addition, a CSHA representative is present at each conversation to respond to audience questions and ensure feedback informs the association’s ongoing continuous improvement agenda.

CSHA Convos are free to the entire community, so nonmembers are welcome! No registration is required and there are no CEUs available for this series.

Convos Schedule

Culture in Academia and Beyond

Thursday, Dec. 9, 5-6:30 PST

The field of communication sciences and disorders is centered around evidence-based practice and requires advanced degrees for most licensed professionals. The academic university setting is the introductory entry point for all would-be professionals (for some, it’s their lifelong career setting). The culture of our university programs has enormous impacts on the culture of our field as a whole. This panel discussion will feature speakers with varying connections to the university setting, exploring how cultural dynamics that exist within our institutions carry out into our field as a whole. How can we, as students, instructors and practitioners, continue to listen, learn and foster environments that are increasingly reflective of our profession’s values?

Panelists include:

  • Nidhi Mahendra, Ph.D. CCC-SLP, is professor and chair of the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at San José State University. She directs the Spartan Aphasia Research Clinic (SPARC) and her areas of expertise are in adult neurogenic cognitive-communication disorders and equity issues in Speech-Language Pathology. She is a past chair of CSHA’s Diversity Issues Committee and of ASHA’s Multicultural Issues Board, currently serving on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
  • Aieshea Banks, MA, CCC-SLP, is assistant professor and the Speech Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) coordinator for the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Loma Linda University. Her clinical background includes pediatrics through young adult in educational settings, in-home early intervention, and private practice. She is also the committee chair for the Diversity Recruitment and Mentoring Program (DRMP) which presents the field of speech-language pathology to high school students of diverse backgrounds within the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County.
  • Rachel Nortz, MA, CCC/SLP, is director of SLPA and lecturer faculty at California State University, San Marcos. Rachel’s areas of focus are pediatric language disorders, bilingualism, law & ethics, professional issues and diversity, inclusion and equity in schools. Rachel is the coordinator for the CSUSM Speech-Language Pathology-Assistant Program.
  • Jeannene Ward-Lonergan, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, is a professor at University of the Pacific in Stockton. She is a board-certified specialist in child language and currently serves as director of the Language-Literacy Center (LLC) at University of the Pacific. She has done extensive work in the area of dyslexia and literacy in the state. She recently took on a new role as the director of undergraduate experience at the University of the Pacific.

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No registration will be required and there are no CEUs available for this series.