The mission of the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences (SLHS) at San Francisco State University (SFSU) is based on our commitment to antiracism and other forms of anti-discrimination as fundamental to our professions, and essential to our preparation of professionals to:
- Identify, challenge and dismantle institutional, environmental, sociocultural, informational, attitudinal and linguistic barriers to accessible, equitable and transformative communication for individuals with communication disabilities and those whose right of expression are diminished or silenced;
- Develop, model, disseminate and adopt best practices in the provision of equitable, competent, compassionate and culturally/linguistically responsive services to individuals with communication disabilities across the lifespan; and
- Promote linguistic diversity and recognize the use of different languages and Englishes among our students and professionals as an asset to our academic and professional community (Read our full position statement on students who are non-native speakers of Standardized American English).
Our students go on to work in a variety of settings with a full range of clinical competencies to serve a diverse population.
The vision of the SLHS department at SFSU is to be a leader in the field of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences for advancing critical thinking, equity and scientific rigor. We aspire to meet the challenges of creating pathways for recruiting, supporting, retaining and nurturing high qualified students and professionals that represent diverse histories, identities, life experiences, and perspectives. The SLHS administration, faculty, student body and professional partners represent a community of practice that respects and supports individuals with communication disabilities; that integrates research with clinical practice; that embodies equity; and that fosters an inclusive student/professional community in service of accessible communication for all.
The Master of Science program in Communica at San Francisco State University is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2200 Research Boulevard #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 800-498-2071 or 301-296-5700. The current accreditation cycle by CAA is 2017-2025. Further, the SFSU SLHS department is accredited by the Bachelor of Arts/Science in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and the Master of Science in Communicative Disorders. Undergraduate students entering the SLHS department in or after Fall 2017 will receive a Bachelor of Science degree. Our final Bachelor of Arts cohort will graduate in Spring 2018. Our curricula prepare students to meet the standards of ASHA certification, California state licensure in speech-language pathology, and the California Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential. Please visit our Prospective Students page for more information about how to apply to our program and to download an application form.
The SLHS department also houses Nicholas J. Certo Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, which provides high quality and affordable speech-language services for individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. The SLHS Clinic is an educational and training facility for master’s level clinicians. Graduate students provide screenings, diagnostic evaluations, and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults. All services are performed under the direct supervision of a state-licensed and ASHA certified member of the faculty.
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Cultural Humility in the Face of Tragedy and Turmoil
On March 25, George Valentine, an aide to the mayor of Washington D.C., struggling to breathe, entered the hospital and died two days later, a victim of COVID-19.
On May 25, George Floyd died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer.
On May 25, Christian Cooper was birding in Central Park when a white woman weaponized her race and gender to falsely accuse him of a crime.
These men did not know one another. They held different jobs, lived in different cities, grew up in different circumstances. But they are all African American and all experienced the consequences of the United States’ long history of persistent racism.
African Americans are at least 2.4 times more likely to die of COVID-19. With heartbreaking regularity, unarmed African American boys and men are killed by police. And every day African Americans and other people of color experience microaggressions and overt acts of racism, some of which place individuals — like Mr. Cooper — in potentially grave physical danger.
The national climate is illuminating a number of challenges facing marginalized communities, including growing anti-Asian and Pacific Islander sentiment and the grossly disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans, Latinos and the Asian Pacific Islander and Native American communities. Students who are DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients are anxiously waiting to hear about the future of DACA from a federal administration that has made clear its stance on immigration and undocumented Americans, including recently explicitly excluding them from receiving much-needed federal COVID aid. While we, on some levels, come together as a nation to face the greatest health threat in a century, evidence of division, hatred, intolerance and ignorance abounds.
“To borrow from the work of scholars on cultural humility ... we need to engage in critical self-reflection and demonstrate compassion.”
In a recent piece in The New York Times, Sabrina Strings, a sociologist at the University of California, Irvine, asked “Why are black people so sick?” She quickly and strongly identified the cause: slavery.
While her argument focused on the impact and legacy of slavery on health and access to health care, her answer is widely applicable. Centuries of structural racism and its persistence into the 21st century impact all communities of color and affect their health, access to health care, their treatment by police, the ways in which they are perceived, access to education, upward mobility and more.
We know that San Francisco and San Francisco State University are not immune to this. Our students, faculty and staff are regularly on the front lines challenging institutional racism and all inequities. To borrow from the work of scholars on cultural humility, including San Francisco State Professor Vivian Chavez, we need to engage in critical self-reflection and demonstrate compassion. That doesn’t change for us as a university community, whether we’re on campus or remote. Clearly there is more that many of us need to learn. SF State affords us all opportunities to learn and contribute to the change we seek. Enroll in a College of Ethnic Studies course, engage in a conversation or activity sponsored by the Office of Equity and Community Inclusion or watch Professor Chavez’s video on cultural humility.
We need to recognize and challenge power imbalances and inequities. And we must become even better at modeling this commitment as a university now as much as ever. There is much more to be done. And we all need to do it.
A Message Regarding Summer and Fall Instruction:
All instruction this summer semester, and fall semester, is expected to take place remotely.
The GCOE is here for you – feel free to Contact Us to stay in touch with your program and to get assistance.
Departments, faculty, offices, and advisors are available via email and Zoom.
We wish you and your loved ones good health and well-being in the days and weeks ahead.
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