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Happy Holidays from CAPCSD!

Dear Member,


Welcome to December. I hope you have wrapped up your professional travels for the year and are planning some time relaxing at home or away with friends and family.


We are happy to share that the new CAPCSD Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Statement and updated resources are now posted on the CAPCSD website. A special thank you to Maya Clark, VP for Organizational Advancement, for leading the CAPCSD DEI Committee and the CAPCSD Board of Directors in this effort. We look forward to continuing this important, impactful work.

We were thrilled to see many members at the CAPCSD business meeting in Boston last month. We hope to see you all again in April in New Orleans for the CAPCSD annual conference!


As the calendar year closes, thank you for being part of CAPCSD. I’m constantly impressed with our members. Together, we make up an inspiring network of academic leaders in Communication Sciences and Disorders. It is a true pleasure to work with all of you.


Enjoy a restful break.



Jennifer Simpson



CAPCSD's New DEIB Statement 

The CAPCSD DEI Committee and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the CAPCSD Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging statement and resources for CSD programs. 


Programs in Communication, Sciences, and Disorders recognize the necessity to optimize understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to enhance and operationalize undergraduate preparation and graduate clinical training. CAPCSD has developed this DEI resource hub, which includes pedagogical frameworks, research and publications, workshops and webinars, and a listing of established affinity groups to support programs and facilitate their growth and evolution in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

You can find the CAPCSD DEIB resources here.



The Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CAPCSD) supports, promotes, and advances higher education programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD). As such, the Council is committed to dismantling systemic racism, discrimination, elitism, and oppression that hinders recruitment, admission, and successful progression of marginalized students in CSD programs and impacts marginalized staff and faculty working in these programs. We understand that authentic diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) efforts must be ongoing and require continued learning as well as unlearning. As we advance, our goal is to support member programs in the recruitment of a body of students and colleagues who represent the diversity in our communities and populations served. It is also our goal to provide guidance to programs on how to infuse cultural humility and responsiveness in CSD curricula thus influencing practice in the professions. These goals will be pursued through collaboration with marginalized communities and the inclusion of diverse voices in our decision-making processes. We will offer training, resources, and support to ensure our goals are met and evaluated annually for continuous improvement. Additionally, our aim is to create an organizational culture that mitigates conscious and implicit bias and helps academic programs to do the same. We will develop and implement clear strategies with defined milestones and accountability measures, working transparently with all. We strive to be at the forefront of building a more equitable and inclusive environment for all CSD community members. 


On-Demand Webinars

On-Demand Courses that target the information you need!

CAPCSD On-Demand Courses address topics of interest for administrators, clinicians, and faculty, including ethics education unique to academic and clinical environments. On-Demand Courses on ethics, best practices in the classroom, mental health during troubled times, student engagement, and more. These courses are typically 1 - 1 1/2 hours (.1 - .15 CEUs)


If you still need ethics hours for your ASHA CEUs, consider Ethical Dilemmas in SLP Clinical Education.


Committee Highlight - IPP/IPE Committee

The CAPCSD IPP/IPE Committee has been actively engaged in initiatives that support CSD programs in developing, implementing, and growing their interprofessional education practice and programs. The IPE/IPP committee regularly reviews its committee webpage (https://www.capcsd.org/ipe-ipp/) to provide a current virtual library of resources about developing IPE programs, funding IPE, IPE assessment, and other curricular considerations.  


Additionally, this academic year, the CAPCSD IPE/IPP Committee launched a yearlong learning community focused on IPE/IPP implementation. We were thrilled to receive an overwhelming number of applications for this learning community. This hybrid offering (that includes synchronous meetings and asynchronous materials/activities) provides participants with an opportunity to work collaboratively to advance their program’s IPE footprint. Led by national experts in IPE, community members are learning how to engage stakeholders in their IPE/IPP journey, developing theory based learning activities that fit their individual program and context, identifying and selecting appropriate program assessment and evaluation methods, developing strategies to pursue funding for their IPE/IPP programs and learning effective leadership skills to institutionalize IPE/IPP within their programs. My heartfelt gratitude goes out to the IPE/IPP Committee members without whose leadership and expertise this year long learning community would not be possible.  


We acknowledge the interest in this topic from our member programs and will continue to pursue opportunities to provide information and facilitate implementation and networking to advance IPE/IPP in our member programs.  


As always, we welcome your engagement, interest, and input. Please feel free to email me at vpraa@capcsd.org with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. Wishing you all a strong finish to the academic year and happy holidays!  



Shubha Kashinath 


Annual Conference

Pictured above: top left: Bob Augustine, top right: April Massey, bottom left: Kim Wilcox, bottom right: Patricia Prelock

Save the dates and make plans to attend CAPCSD's 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, April 3 - 6, 2024. Conference registration and the hotel room block will open in early January 2024.


For information about the conference schedule, registration fees, and to begin planning your trip to New Orleans, check out the travel blogs, attractions, and information posted on our website here: https://www.capcsd.org/annual-conference/.



Tricia Montgomery, CCC-SLP

VP of Professional Development

Annual Conference Plenary Session Highlight

You will not want to miss the Landscape in Higher Education plenary session on Thursday, April 4, 2024! ASHA President Bob Augustine, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will use his vast experience in the field and in the area of graduate schools to moderate a discussion on the global landscape of higher education and where things are going. Bob currently is Senior Vice President Emeritus for the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, DC, where he leads national and international consultations and projects advancing the quality, diversity, and internationalization of graduate programs.


Joining Bob as a panelist is April Massey, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia and a speech-language pathologist by profession. Dr. Massey champions authentic, developmental, and immersive pedagogies that drive inclusion, innovation, reflection, and quality in teaching/learning, scholarship, practice, and service. 


University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox. Ph.D., will be a panelist and share his extensive experience leading transformational change, expansive growth in research, enrollment, graduation rates, and physical development. Chancellor Wilcox has been a leading and influential national voice in the reassessment of higher education rankings systems to value metrics such as social mobility and student outcomes over wealth and exclusivity.  


Patricia A. Prelock, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, FNAP-SLP, Provost and Senior Vice President at the University of Vermont will also serve as a panelist. Dr. Prelock is a recognized expert in the nature and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and has been awarded more than $24 million dollars in university, state and federal funding as a PI or Co-PI to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training supporting children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, to facilitate training in speech-language pathology, and to support her intervention work in ASD. She previously served as ASHA President, ASHFoundation President, and is currently the ASHFoundation Past President.


Join us for this discussion among academic leaders in audiology and speech-language pathology on the future of higher education and what we need to focus on as we advance.



Admissions Corner

The CAPCSD Admissions Committee is putting together resources to help us all with our efforts to recruit new students into the CSD professions. We know that some of you are already engaged in this important work, and we like to hear about your experiences. Please complete this short (3-4 questions!) form to tell us about it.


Now is the time of year when we start to see submitted applications pick up. To help you organize and keep track of all of your CSDCAS admissions processes, be sure to set up Local Statuses. They are the foundation of managing your applicant pool in WebAdMIT. 

CAPCSD Professional Development banner

Designing Online Instruction for Inclusion, Social Equity, and Justice


🗓️ Tuesday, December 5, 2023
🕒 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. ET


Speaker: Rae Mancilla, Ed.D.


Core Functions in CSD Education: A Tool for Supporting Student Success


🗓️ Tuesday, December 12, 2023
🕒 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

Kevin M. McNamara, SLP.D.,CCC-SLP

Jennifer Mackey, SLP.D.,CCC-SLP

Championing Mental Health and Inclusive Practices
Part One: Supporting Mental Health and Responding to Crisis

🗓️ Wednesday, January 10, 2024🕒 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET.2 ASHA CEUs

Ahmed Ghuman
, PsyD, MBA, LPC 
Bernadette Smith
, LPC 

Championing Mental Health and Inclusive Practices
Part Two: Promoting Culturally Responsive Care 

🗓️ Wednesday, January 17, 2024🕒 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET.2 ASHA CEUs

Ahmed Ghuman
, PsyD, MBA, LPC 
Bernadette Smith
, LPC 

Championing Mental Health and Inclusive Practices
Part Three: Increasing Well-Being and Promoting Flourishing 

🗓️ Wednesday, January 24, 2024🕒 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET.2 ASHA CEUs

Ahmed Ghuman
, PsyD, MBA, LPC 
Bernadette Smith
, LPC 


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