What Are Your Pronouns? Our Journey Toward Cultural Humility

  • Dawn Vogler-Elias Nazareth College
  • Susan Mack Nazareth College
  • Anna Goings Nazareth College
  • Erin Dehaven Nazareth College
Keywords: cultural humility, professional preparation, speech-language pathology, LGBTQ , pronouns

Abstract

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are likely to interact with members of the LGBTQ+ community as clients, co-workers, and caregivers; however, SLPs may not be fully prepared to work effectively with this diverse population due to lack of exposure within professional preparation programs. This article will focus on the impact of faculty-student collaboration to increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the classroom and curriculum. Reflections of interactions between students and faculty in a professional preparation program in speech-language pathology are used to highlight how the misuse of pronouns can create a sense of invisibility and further marginalization for some individuals. The authors provide strategies to increase LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the classroom and curriculum.

Author Biographies

Dawn Vogler-Elias, Nazareth College

Dawn Vogler-Elias is an associate professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Nazareth College.

Susan Mack, Nazareth College

Susan Mack is a clinical associate professor at Nazareth College in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department.  

Anna Goings, Nazareth College

Anna Goings is an undergraduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Nazareth College.

Erin Dehaven, Nazareth College

Erin Dehaven is an undergraduate student in the Communication Sciences and Disorders department at Nazareth College. 

Published
2020-05-08
Section
Cultural Humility in Education and Practice