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Goal 3

The CSD Program will provide multiple opportunities within the classroom and clinical practicum experiences that promote the cultural competence of each student.

Action Step 3.1 Examine the client/patient base of the Iona Speech and Language, Hearing Clinic at the conclusion of each semester to promote student exposure to a range of disorders and severities across the lifespan from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Person(s) Responsible:
Clinical Director, Assistant Clinical Director, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Available time, clinical client/patient data

Measurable Outcomes:
Number and demographics of clients/patients treated

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Internal self-study report.

  • Created a clinical database that outlines Clinic client’s disabilities using ICD-10 codes. Clinical supervisors review the database every semester and address needs during weekly team meetings.
  • 100% achieved

Action Step 3.2 Examine contracted external practicum placements at the conclusion of each semester to ensure sufficient client/patient base to promote student exposure to a range of disorders and severities across the lifespan from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Person(s) Responsible:
Clinical Director & Assistant Clinical Director, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Available time, external patient demographic data

Measurable Outcomes:
Number and demographics of clients/patients treated

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Report from external placements.

  • Created an external site database that includes ages and populations served at each site; created a survey for students to complete after their external sites. The majority of 1 full time Clinic supervisor’s caseload is devoted to seeking and maintaining external site contracts.
  • Continuing to increase contracts with external sites.
  • 80% achieved

Action Step 3.3 Include content related to cultural and linguistic diversity in all relevant courses.

Person(s) Responsible:
All faculty, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Curriculum flexibility

Measurable Outcomes:
Key course syllabi include diversity content

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Assessment of syllabi and recommendations for modification

  • Reviewed curriculum in June 2017 to discuss how diversity is addressed in each course, particularly CSD 613
  • 100% achieved

Action Step 3.4 Increase multicultural and international opportunities for education and research for faculty and students, and participate in ASHA and CAPCSD global initiatives.

Person(s) Responsible:
Chair, Director & Faculty, CSD Program

Resources Needed:
Access to relevant opportunities

Measurable Outcomes:
Number of opportunities offered to students

Strategies for Evaluation and Assessment:
Faculty and student feedback.

  • Connected with Operation Smile (Spring 2016); visited from international speech therapist (Fall 2017)
  • Would like to explore more international opportunities for students; possible connection with Iona College Mission and Ministry (i.e., service learning opportunities)
  • 50% achieved