ASHA’s Board of Directors approved the Response to Racism position statement in June 2020:
ASHA explicitly condemns systemic racism and oppression, and the violent acts that took the lives most recently of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd—and so many before them. We support our Black audiologists, speech-language pathologists, related professionals, and students, as well as Black clients/patients/students and their families. We stand with these individuals in supporting their communities, protecting their families, and fighting for their children’s opportunities. We stand with our members who are distressed, saddened, angry, and calling for change. Read more.
ASHA has had a long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion as an association, for our membership, and for the individuals who make up the ASHA national office staff.
Theresa Rodgers, ASHA's Immediate Past President, provided an update on ASHA's plans and progress in addressing systemic racism in the communications sciences and disorders professions in September 2020.