Diverse Caucuses Benefit ASHA These comments are in response to the letter from an ASHA member that was published in the Nov. 25 issue of The ASHA Leader. The writer of the letter objected to activities at the recent ASHA convention that were planned for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (GLBT) members. ASHA values ... Inbox
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  • Alison Lemke, Newton, Iowa
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Diverse Caucuses Benefit ASHA
The ASHA Leader, February 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.14022009.4
The ASHA Leader, February 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN2.14022009.4
These comments are in response to the letter from an ASHA member that was published in the Nov. 25 issue of The ASHA Leader. The writer of the letter objected to activities at the recent ASHA convention that were planned for gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (GLBT) members. ASHA values the inclusion of various multicultural constituency groups, including L’GASP-GLBT and the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists caucus. ASHA caucus groups provide a smaller community within ASHA where individuals from diverse cultural groups can network with other students and professionals whose cultural experience is similar.
In an organization as large as ASHA, belonging to a smaller group, whether it is related to cultural background, professional interest area, work setting, or other interest of some type, can be an important way in which our members find a niche and develop a professional support network within the larger organization.
ASHA's caucus groups provide valuable input to ASHA members on issues related to the understanding of cultural diversity and relevant service delivery to individuals from diverse backgrounds. Our members and the clients they serve benefit greatly from the presence of ASHA's caucus groups.
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