Let’s Get Political: The Challenges of Teaching a Multicultural Course in Communication Sciences and Disorders
Keywords:diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice, antiracist framework, white privilege, scholarship of teaching and learning
This essay reflects on the challenges of creating and teaching a multicultural course in a speech-language pathology program. Students pushed back on content, questioning the connection between politics and practice in the field. The vocabulary of motives theory was used to analyze comments like, “I’m conservative” and “This class is too political.” The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s apolitical influence was also examined. Despite student requests to erase political content, the choice was made to continue the antiracist framework and make it more personal.
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