Speech, Language, and Hearing Careers: Recruiting Students From Diverse Populations A shortage of individuals from racial or ethnic minority groups in speech, language, and hearing (SLH) professions limits the ability to best serve people of diverse cultures and creates health disparities (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2015; Anderson, 2016). To increase the diversity of SLH professionals, university programs must attract, retain, and ... Article
Article  |   February 27, 2017
Speech, Language, and Hearing Careers: Recruiting Students From Diverse Populations
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Monica Bellon-Harn
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
  • Rebecca K. Weinbaum
    Department of Counseling and Special Populations, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
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  • Financial: This work was supported in whole or in part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The opinions and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policy of the THECB.
    Financial: This work was supported in whole or in part by a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The opinions and conclusions expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the opinions or policy of the THECB.×
  • Nonfinancial: Portions of this paper have previously been presented at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders Conventions 2016, San Antonion, TX and the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO.
    Nonfinancial: Portions of this paper have previously been presented at the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Disorders Conventions 2016, San Antonion, TX and the annual convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Denver, CO.×
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Article   |   February 27, 2017
Speech, Language, and Hearing Careers: Recruiting Students From Diverse Populations
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 4-13. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG10.4
History: Received June 14, 2016 , Revised September 13, 2016 , Accepted December 26, 2016
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, February 2017, Vol. 2, 4-13. doi:10.1044/persp2.SIG10.4
History: Received June 14, 2016; Revised September 13, 2016; Accepted December 26, 2016

A shortage of individuals from racial or ethnic minority groups in speech, language, and hearing (SLH) professions limits the ability to best serve people of diverse cultures and creates health disparities (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2015; Anderson, 2016). To increase the diversity of SLH professionals, university programs must attract, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds. The Speech and Hearing Sciences (SPHS) Department at Lamar University piloted a recruitment and retention program (2014–2016) entitled SPHS Cardinal Careers, which was named after the university department and mascot to connect potential candidates to the university. The purpose of this paper is to describe the pilot recruitment component of the program. Outcomes and future direction of the recruitment program are discussed.

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