ISHA 2023 Virtual Educational Series: DEI Session


DEI Foundations for Illinois CSD Practitioners and Instructors


Presented by: Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP & David Frazier, MEd, BS, HIS, COHC

Katie Gore, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist, practice owner, and professional trainer. She founded speech IRL, a private practice which provides speech therapy as well consulting and training services for businesses and organizations, focusing on topics related to communication, inclusion, and DEI practice. She is an adjunct faculty at both Rush University and Purdue University, where she teaches coursework in stuttering and fluency disorders, her clinical specialty.

David Frazier, MEd, BS, HIS, COHC is a budding epistemologist, Hearing Scientist, and full-time doctoral student within Liberty University’s PhD program in the school of Health Sciences. He serves on the board of Illinois Hearing society as secretary/treasurer and appointed on the board of directors for the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. Additionally, he also serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Student Involvement Committee within the Illinois Speech and Hearing Association, Board of Directors-Student representative for the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing.


Session length: Two hours


Activity Description: This session will provide an overview to foundational topics in DEI including implicit bias, inclusivity, systemic and structural contributors to inequity, and how these core concepts show up in our everyday professional interactions and conversations. The purpose of this session is to equip CSD professionals with a core knowledge framework for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and provide tangible, actionable steps to supporting DEI efforts in their daily workplaces.


Session Agenda: 

  • 0-5 minutes: Introduction and overview
  • 5-20 minutes: The "why" behind DEI
  • 20-80 minutes: Principles of Implicit Bias, Principles of Inclusion, Microagressions and Cultural Humility
  • 80-100 minutes: Understanding different lived experiences
  • 100-120 minutes: Discussion and application for CSD


Learning Objectives: After attending the presentation, participants will be able to

  • Describe three specific practices they can adopt in their workplace to promote a more inclusive environment for clients/students/patients and colleagues
  • Explain how to respond and move forward when encountering bias, microaggressions, or other exclusionary experiences in the workplace
  • Identify at least two action pathways where CSD professionals are uniquely qualified to support and champion DEI values, and describe how to draw on CSD-specific skills and knowledge to do so


Disclosure Information:

  • Financial: Katie Gore does not have a relevant financial relationship to disclose.
  • Nonfinancial: Katie Gore does not have a relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
  • Financial: David Frazier does not have a relevant financial relationship to disclose.
  • Nonfinancial: David Frazier does not have a relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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