Message from our CEO


We are listening. We are learning. We stand in solidarity with our Black members and colleagues in the fight against systemic racism.

Our team is currently working to develop a long-term plan to further use this platform to help fight for racial justice and equity in our field.

We will share more information as that plan comes together.

- Darla Torkelsen, MS, CCC-SLP

Founder, CEO

Here is a running list of things you can do to help fight systemic racism in the Speech Pathology world, and partial list of resources from Black Speech-Language Pathologists to learn more, this is by no means an exhaustive list, if you additional suggestions please email them to:

Foundations and Funds:

Shondra Coleman Scholarship Fund

National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing (NBASLH)

Bills to Support - From ASHA Advocacy:

Your Senators, including one who serves on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, can play an important role in supporting the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (S. 2747). This important legislation would increase educational opportunities for individuals who are from underrepresented groups in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.

Ask your Senators to cosponsor this legislation to expand opportunities for students from underrepresented groups, including those from racial and ethnic minorities and disadvantaged backgrounds, who contribute to better health outcomes for disadvantaged populations.

I want to contact my Senator and ask them to support this bill!

The Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (S. 2747) would enable higher education programs for audiology and speech-language pathology to access funding to strengthen and expand the comprehensive use of evidence-based strategies shown to increase the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of students from underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds. The U.S. House of Representatives included the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act in the EMPOWER Act (H.R. 2781), which passed the House by a voice vote on October 28, 2019.

I want to contact my Senator and ask them to support this bill!

Upcoming Webinars:

SLP Private Practice in Color:

Cultural Humility What They Didn't Teach You - 5 Part Webinar Series

Play on Words Therapy, LLC - Speech of Cake Inc - Voz Speech Therapy:

Real Talk: Let's Diversify the Field (June 24)

Free Podcast Episodes:

SLPs of Color Podcast Podcasts:

All Things Ethics Podcast with Elise Davis McFarland, PhD, CCC-SLP

First Bite with Michelle Dawson: The National Black Speech Language Hearing Association and You! (Feb 2020) - Guest: Kia Noelle Johnson, PhD, CCC-SLP

Speech Uncensored with Leigh Ann Porter: SLP Diversity through Mentorship: Changing the Face of the Field - Guest: Marilouise E. Nichols, M.S., CCC-SLP (June 29)

ASHA Voices Podcast:

ASHA Voices: Language and Identity—Shifting Away from a Deficit Perspective on African American English

ASHA Voices Podcast Premiere: Communication Disorders and the Justice System

Related Courses: Courses:

Multicultural Issues in Clinical Practicum and Supervision (.2 ASHA CEUs)

- Katrina Miller, PhD, CCC-SLP

Communication Disorders in Multicultural Population in the 21st Century (.4 ASHA CEUs)

- Katrina Miller, PhD, CCC-SLP

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