CSHA Convos

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Critical conversations in the community

CSHA 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 the unique and upcoming 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 live events (they will not be recorded) and are available to the entire community at no charge.

These sessions were developed by a CSHA working group consisting of Raquel Narain, CSHA board chair; Anna Vagin, chair of the Content Advisory Committee; Amalia Hernandez, chair of the Board Diversity & Inclusion Committee; and CSHA member Katie Gore. The team has identified a robust series of participants.

Featuring panelists from across the CSHA community, each conversation will be lightly moderated and include audience Q&A for an interactive discussion. In addition, a CSHA representative will be present at each conversation to respond to audience questions and ensure feedback informs the association’s ongoing continuous improvement agenda.

Panelists will be announced soon.

Save the Dates

CSHA Convos will launch this August! Virtual access information for joining the conversations will be announced soon.


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Race, Communication and Professionalism: Navigating Our Field as a BIPOC Clinician

Thursday, September 10, 5-6:30 PST
This Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) panel will share their personal experiences, from graduate training to professional leadership, in a historically homogeneous field. This conversation will address the implicit biases and covert discriminatory practices that exist in our field and impact both clinicians and consumers.

Panelists for the session include:

  • Moderator: Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP, founder of speech IRL
  • Tamisha Tague, BS, SLPA – current SLPA representative to the CSHA Board of Directors and previously served on the CSHA Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Tamisha works with students ages 3-21 in the Los Angeles area, in both schools and private practice.
  • Matt Maxion, MS, CCC-SLP – speech-language pathologist for San Leandro Unified School District. He specializes in childhood language and fluency. Matt is a person who stutters and is actively involved in the stuttering community. He serves as the chapter leader for the East Bay chapter group for the National Stuttering Association. Matt also leads workshops for Passing Twice, an informal network of LGBTQIA+ youth and adults who stutter.
  • Betty Yu, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, – associate professor at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Before joining the faculty at SFSU, she practiced as a speech-language pathologist primarily serving young children and their families in minority communities. Dr. Yu’s research interest is in how children’s language development interfaces with the development of sociocultural competence. She is a member of the Conversation Analysis Research in Autism (CARA) research group, as well as the co-director of Project ALLIES, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to prepare speech-language therapists to work effectively with diverse children on the autism spectrum. Additionally, Dr. Yu as an advisory board member to the Asian Pacific Islander Speech-Language-Hearing Caucus
  • Jacquelyn Joyce – Jacquelyn is a person who stutters and a consumer of speech services. Additionally, she is the primary caretaker for her mother who has a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Belinda Daughrity, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, assistant professor and undergraduate mentor at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). Her research interests include social skills and parent involvement in children with autism spectrum disorders, as well as barriers to early access to diagnosis and treatment of autism in communities of color. Additionally, Dr. Daughrity is interested in issues of cultural competence for speech-language pathologists.
  • Michele Linares-Cervantes, MS CCC-SLP, CSHA Board Chair-Elect and president of The Learning Grove.

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Queen Bees and CCCs: Real Talk About the Culture in Our Field

Thursday, October 8, 5-6:30 PST
This conversation will explore a culture of bullying that many in our field experience in graduate training, the workplace and administrative settings. A diverse panel with different years of seniority and authority will share personal experiences and discuss possibilities for cultural change in our field.

Navigating Generational Culture Differences

Thursday, November 12, 5-6:30 PST
This conversation will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by generational diversity in the SLP/AuD field. Panelists representing diverse generational viewpoints will reflect on the era-specific struggles, lessons and values that influenced their careers, both for better and for worse. The conversation will conclude by focusing on the future: how can we use knowledge of our past to chart an intentional, positive course for the future?

Best Practices as a Foundation for CSHA’s Future

Thursday, December 10 5-6:30 PST
The last CSHA Convo of 2020 will reflect on learnings from the four prior discussions and explore CSHA’s role in creating and supporting change. Significant efforts by the association over the last few years to embrace evidence-based nonprofit best practices have created the space and structure for continued improvement. Panelists from CSHA leadership will share their insights and perspectives within the context of the previous CSHA Convos. Time will be set aside for audience Q&A to encourage dialogue and a collaborative growth path for our profession and our association.

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