Submissions for the 2022 Student Ethics Essay Award (SEEA) competition are accepted September 1, 2021 – February 4, 2022. Authors of winning essays will be notified in May 2022. See SEEA Award recipients to view previous winners and read their winning essays.
The SEEA program is conducted as part of ASHA's efforts to enhance ethics education activities. The goal of the program is to encourage students to think about ethical decision making and create greater awareness of situations that could pose ethical dilemmas as they prepare to start careers in audiology, speech-language pathology, or speech, language, and hearing sciences.
The essay competition is open to students who are enrolled in any undergraduate, post baccalaureate, or entry-level graduate program (U.S. only) in communication sciences and disorders (CSD). Former and current members of ASHA's Board of Ethics review the essays and select three winning authors. SEEA winners receive the following:
In collaboration with NSSLHA, SEEA winners and their essays are recognized in the following locations.
Students: To be considered eligible to participate in the SEEA competition, you must be
ASHA has shown longstanding leadership and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Diversity encompasses the variety of experiences, skills, knowledge, and attributes that shape every one of us. Equity is the recognition and elimination of barriers to full participation and engagement by individuals and within systems. Inclusion is the act of employing systems, policies, and practices that support, engage, and demonstrate value for all individuals. (See Diversity and Inclusion at ASHA.)
ASHA has built DEI into the Association’s Code of Ethics (2016), which prohibits racism and other forms of unlawful discrimination in the professions. Such discrimination may arise (a) for clients/patients/students and their families in clinical settings; (b) for communication sciences and disorders (CSD) students in academic programs; or (c) for colleagues both in and outside our professions. Care should not vary in quality based on an individual’s identity, and making assumptions about individuals could lead to misdiagnosis, improper treatment of the individual, and/or research bias. This is known as discrimination.
Failure to act when witnessing discrimination in the professions may rise to the level of an ethical violation under the Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics requires covered individuals—audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, or hearing scientists who are ASHA members or who hold or who have applied for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC)—to comply with local, state, and federal laws related to practice and research. Such laws include federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws in educational and employment settings. It is important to remember that not all misconduct, however abhorrent, may rise to the level of unethical (or illegal) discrimination.
Sometimes, unethical discrimination can rise to the level of being unlawful discrimination. Even though not every form of discrimination meets the legal standard of being unlawful, such conduct can be unethical.
To receive the maximum score available, you and your essay must first meet all of the following requirements.
Things to keep in mind as you write your essay:
Contact Karol Scher, ASHA staff liaison to the Ethics Education Subcommittee of the Board of Ethics, at email@example.com.