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Our Commitment

The SAA is committed to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the audiology student community through diversity and cultural competency. Volunteers aim to create a safe environment for audiology students with diverse backgrounds - including but not limited to culture, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, and individuals with disabilities.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion
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Student Spotlight

As part of our charge to celebrate diversity, the SAA's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force has started a Student Spotlight initiative to showcase audiology students of various backgrounds. Nominate yourself or someone today!

Melissa Baker

"The Student Academy of Audiology has gone from identifying to implementing strategies that begin to bridge the gaps of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the AuD community."

Melissa Baker
Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force
2022-2023 SAA Board Member-at-Large
Diversity Equity and Inclusion Resources
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Below are several resources that students and professionals can use to educate themselves on different topics related to diversity and inclusion.

Infographic Resources

International Day of People With Disabilities

Spanish Phrases for Hearing Screenings

Counseling and Serving Hispanic/Latino Families Effectively

Black American Sign Language

International Women’s Month

Arab American Heritage Month

LGBTQ History Month

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Webinar Resources

Episode 1

Interview with Dr. Dunn-Murad, program coordinator for the Long Island AuD Consortium in New York

Watch for a webinar on diversity and humanitarian work in audiology with Dr. Ianthe Dunn-Murad. She has addressed multicultural issues in audiology and has been involved in global humanitarian hearing healthcare. (Aired January 28, 2021)

Episode 2

A Conversation about LGBTQ+ Inclusion in The Profession of Audiology with Drs. Sarah Sparks (She/Her/Hers) and Troy Cascia (He/Him/His)

Watch for a webinar on practicing LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the profession of audiology during a panel discussion with LGBTQ+ identifying audiologists Dr. Sarah Sparks, founder of Audiology Out of the Box, and Dr. Troy Cascia, founder of the LGBTQ+ Audiologists and Friends Facebook Group. (Aired March 30, 2021, at 6 PM EST)

Episode 3

Interview with Dr. Ullauri

Watch for a webinar on cultural competency in audiology with Dr. Alejandra Ullauri. Dr. Ullarui has a background in public health with a focus on social responsibility and cross-cultural training. (Aired on June 30 at 6 PM ET)

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Students with Hearing Loss Resources

The Students with Hearing Loss Subcommittee has developed a number of resources that all students and professionals can refer to when interacting with individuals who have hearing loss, as well as resources specific to accessibility and empowerment for students with hearing loss.

Students with Hearing Loss
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Academy DE&I Resources

The Academy is committed to furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the audiology profession. From supporting a diverse workplace to aiding a diverse student population and patient base, the Academy has resources to help educate and implement. Below are resources specifically for students.

Looking for additional Academy resources that support diversity in the workplace and health care settings? Find more resources below.

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How Can the SAA Support You?

Have a topic that you want the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to address? Would you like to recommend an audiologist for SAA to interview? Know good diversity, equity, and inclusion resources SAA can share?

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Upcoming Events

The SAA hosts many events, including seminars on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Check back soon for more events!