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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

Being What I Can’t See: First Generation Professionals

Thursday, Oct. 21, 5-6:30 PST

This Convo will explore the experiences of first-generation communication sciences and disorders professionals, those who are the first in their family to attend college and/or professional graduate training. What challenges are shared by first-generation professionals, and what values help them blaze the trail? How can our field become more aware and supportive of students and professionals who are charting new paths in their families?

Panelists include:

  • Michele Linares, MS, CCC-SLP, CSHA Board Chair, president of Learning Grove, a private practice in Reseda
  • Phil McAlpin, SLPD, CCC-SLP, ACAS, BCCS, CSHA Board Chair-elect, speech pathologist for the Elk Grove Unified School District, speech pathologist/advisor/research consultant at iTherapy, and adjunct professor at Elms College teaching speech and language acquisition
  • Sarah Lee, CCC-SLP, SLP/AAC for K-transition programs for the West Contra Costa Unified School District
  • Bethiana Magallanes White, MS, CCC-SLP, SLP at K-5 and 6-8 Middle School for the Sierra Sands School District

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CSHA has scheduled one other Convosfor the remainder of 2021. Please mark your calendars!

Behold the Ivory Tower: 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 is their lifelong career setting). The culture of our university programs has enormous impact on the culture of our field as a whole… for better, and for worse. 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 create environments that support our values, as students, instructors and graduates?


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