University Nondiscrimination Statement

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment, educational programs, and activities on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related conditions), disability, genetic information, status as a U.S. veteran, service in the U.S. military, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preferences. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Senior Director, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, the University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1316, 319-335-0705,

CSD Commitment 

The faculty, students and staff at The University of Iowa, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders are committed to fostering and promoting a welcoming and respectful work, academic, and/or clinical environment where people from all backgrounds and perspectives feel welcomed and appreciated. We work 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 changes to increase and support 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), as well as communities who experience economic disadvantages.   

Faculty Efforts

Towards our efforts to foster and promote a welcoming and respectful work, academic, and/or clinical environment, the faculty gathered data from anonymous surveys from former students to understand their experiences while here. These responses and other discussions within the faculty DEI committee, have resulted in the tangible changes. Below are a few of our efforts.

  • Further preparation of student clinics towards the needs of clients who are non-English or multi-language speakers with our a unique certificate program to provide specific multilingual and multicutural academic and clinical training
  • Utilize our Spanish conversational group to facilitate student access to a culturally and linguistically diverse client population in our clinic.
  • To promote diversity and inclusion within our research labs, our faculty members in CSD and Psychological and Brain Sciences collaborated with the DeLTA Center to establish the Discover, Engage, Inspire (DEI) program and Iowa Bilingualism Hub, which provides undergraduate students with underrepresented backgrounds competitive wages to participate in research.
  • Promote transparent and accessible teaching methodologies, including culturally responsive practices across the curriculum
  • Further the promotion of first-generation students, providing access from all backgrounds and opportunities (the University website has some nice words about this)
  • Be purposeful in discussion with Student Disability Services the best ways to accommodate our graduate students in the clinic
    Encourage student body diversity with the establishment of holistic and transparent evaluation of graduate applicants

Students and faculty strive to collaborate in achieving these goals. We realize that fostering a welcoming and respectful work, academic and clinical environment will require sustained effort, and we are committed to working together.

Student Efforts

We wish to highlight our department’s outstanding student body, who are recognized as leaders in the College in promoting DEI.

  • In 2020, our students independently formed a weekly, virtual anti-racism meeting. This student-led and faculty attended meeting includes presentations, discussions, suggested readings, and specific advocacy actions.  
  • In 2021, our undergraduates obtained funding to start the TOGETHER (Targeting Our Goals for Equitable Treatment in Healthcare, Education and Research) Series. This talk series’ mission was to address the need for culturally responsive care in health professions and research to better provide care for underserved and marginalized populations. The virtual series accomplished this by creating a platform for diverse interdisciplinary speakers to present on topics relevant to addressing inequities in health. These presentations were conducted live to facilitate discussion and are archived to create free resources for future students, staff, and faculty.
  • In 2022, the University of Iowa Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association created two DEI Student Liaison positions to lead initiatives and coordinate student−faculty efforts.
  • A NSSLHA DEI student liaison meets with the faculty DEI committee regularly.

UI Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

The University of Iowa is located on the homelands of the Ojibwe/Anishinaabe (Chippewa), Báxoǰe (Iowa), Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Omāēqnomenēwak (Menominee), Myaamiaki (Miami), Nutachi (Missouri), Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha), Wahzhazhe (Osage), Jiwere (Otoe), Odawaa (Ottawa), Póⁿka (Ponca), Bodéwadmi/Neshnabé (Potawatomi), Meskwaki/Nemahahaki/Sakiwaki (Sac and Fox), Dakota/Lakota/Nakoda, Sahnish/Nuxbaaga/Nuweta (Three Affiliated Tribes) and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) Nations. Tribal nations, Umoⁿhoⁿ (Omaha Tribe of Nebraska and Iowa), Póⁿka (Ponca Tribe of Nebraska), Meskwaki (Sac and Fox of the Mississippi in Iowa), and Ho-Chunk (Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska) continue to thrive in the State of Iowa, and we continue to acknowledge them. As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these tribal nations, and the treaties that were used to remove these tribal nations, and the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution since 1847. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, understanding the historical and current experiences of Native peoples will help inform the work we do; collectively as a university to engage in building relationships through academic scholarship, collaborative partnerships, community service, enrollment and retention efforts acknowledging our past, our present and future Native Nations.

Additional Resources

The CSD department has a DEI committee who are available to support students. Please reach out to us: 

Philip Combiths:
Krista Davidson:
Stephanie Fleckenstein:
Kristi Hendrickson:
Louise Pinkerton:
Anu Subramanian:
Beth Walker:

Student, Faculty, and Alumni Organizations
Student Centers
Campus Offices and Diversity Programs
Research Training Opportunities and Scholarships
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)