Student IMPACT: New Program Promotes Diversity, Inclusion in Audiology

The United States is home to a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse population. In contrast, there is remarkably little diversity among audiologists. Drs. Jessica Sullivan and Lauren Calandruccio are determined to help change that. Dr. Sullivan is an Assistant Professor and interim Department Chair in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Hampton University (Hampton), and Dr. Calandruccio is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences and the Louis D. Beaumont University Professor II at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Together they started the Innovative Mentoring and Professional Advancement through Cultural Training (IMPACT) program for undergraduate speech-language pathology and audiology students. This collaborative inter-institutional program between CWRU and Hampton provides research training, communication skills development, networking opportunities, and professional coaching through valuable mentorship experiences that prepare students for graduate school. The Hearing Journal met with the IMPACT program co-founders to learn about the program.


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