The faculty, students and staff of The University of Iowa, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are committed to dismantling structures that oppress marginalized communities. We will continue to engage in cultural responsivity in areas of research, teaching, and clinical practice by valuing what is unique in each encounter regardless of ability, age, marital or familial status, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, or socioeconomic status. We commit to this journey by continuing to learn, listen, discuss, and make change to increase minoritized communities in our professions.

In our process of learning, we have started understanding systems that are in place that create barriers for people with minoritized identities, including those that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), AAPI (Asia Americans and Pacific Islanders), and LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Ally, Other Non-Heterosexual People). We gathered data from anonymous surveys from former students to understand their experiences as a student at Iowa CSD. These responses and other discussions within the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee, faculty meetings resulted in tangible changes. These include:

  • An active DEI committee focused on learning, attending seminars, discussions, and identifying action items,
  • Individual faculty and staff members increasing their own awareness of practices that impact in minoritized communities’ access to healthcare and education,
  • Increasing DEI and culturally-responsive practices in all courses and in clinical teaching,
  • Presentations and discussions related to DEI in our weekly seminars and in faculty meetings,
  • Using a wholistic admissions process for graduate admissions,

We wish to highlight our outstanding student body. Students took the initiative to hold weekly anti-racism meetings with students and faculty, beginning in 2020. These thought-provoking meetings include presentations, discussions, suggested readings, and specific advocacy actions.  The TOGETHER series, spearheaded by one of our students, created an online space for learning and discussions related to cultural responsiveness in healthcare and education during Spring 2021.

Additional Resources

Student, Faculty, and Alumni Organizations

Student Centers

Campus Offices and Diversity Programs

Research Training Opportunities and Scholarships