Multicultural Issues Committee

Tijana Antonic, Committee Co-Chair

Brenda K. Gorman, Committee Co-Chair

Mari Bliss

Agata Guzek

Sharon Rzyski

Valerie Brosius

Camille Byrd O'Quin

Chastity Leddell

Heather Driscoll

Maria Yakos

Maria Claudia Franca

Paula Ignaciuk

Stephanie Rehani

Desiree Wachtendonk

The goal of the ISHA Multicultural Issues Committee is to promote best practice principles while assessing and treating multicultural and multilingual populations throughout the state of Illinois.

Multicultural Issues Committee 2021-2022 Committee Goals

  1. Provide opportunities for continuing education that emphasize bilingual/multicultural issues by: recommending speakers to the ISHA convention and/or area groups and conferences, making submissions to ISHA publications, and updating the ISHA website with alternative continuing education options available worldwide
  2. Update bilingual service provider list, including both speech-language pathologists and audiologists, so that it is current and commensurate with ASHA's bilingual service provider list
  3. Work with area associations and NSSLHA chapters to increase involvement in ISHA and membership for our committee by hosting Coffee Chats, virtual discussions, and incentives (e.g., awards, scholarships) that bring awareness to our committee mission and encourage professional collaboration 
  4. Collaborate with the DEI Taskforce on our common goal of creating a mentor program for minority students and young professionals by working to develop a directory of racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse members willing to serve as mentors 
  5. Continue to provide ISHA members with access to resources and materials for working with linguistically diverse populations by updating the ISHA website list of existing, high-quality resources and developing new resources in minority languages