Stephanie Good moved to the United States from Mexico at age 16. While learning English, she also set a goal of becoming a speech-language pathologist. Now in her first year of NIU’s master’s program, she’s on a mission to let others know that the speech-language pathology field will be even better when it’s more diverse.
Along with Milijana Buac, assistant professor of speech-language pathology (SLP), Good created “You, Me & SLP,” a podcast that encourage students from diverse backgrounds to consider speech-language pathology as a career.
“The idea for the podcast originated from conversations about how I chose a field of study that requires you to be more than just capable of speaking English,” Good said. “The field of speech-language pathology is not diverse, and people like me do not see themselves reflected in our professors or clinicians.”
Buac shared the sentiment.
“I wanted to do the podcast to reassure students from non-White backgrounds that they can become a speech-language pathologist,” Buac said. “It can be intimidating; I experienced this during my education and I wanted to share what I learned along the way to make the road for others a little less intimidating.”
According to the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, more than 90 percent of currently practicing speech-language pathologists identify as White. Good said having a platform to promote and encourage students of different cultures and gender to pursue a career in this dynamic field was their main goal.
“We hope listeners gain insight into what this field is about and more importantly learn about the importance of having diverse clinicians and faculty members,” Good said. “To those students who are multilingual immigrants I want them to know that they are more than capable of pursuing this career no matter what their first language or accent. We need you; people need you.”
Buac agreed, adding that the podcast is a great opportunity for students to learn more about the field.
“We have a large scope of practice,” Buac said. “I hope that individuals from a variety of backgrounds will listen to the podcast and decide to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.”
Learn more about NIU’s Speech-Language Pathology program.
Source: NIU Today CHHS News