The Importance of Professional Development Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Second-year SCSD speech-language pathology student Halle Loyek shared her experience of gaining professional development outside the classroom, an opportunity supported by Johnson Scholarship Foundation!

You can read the original article here.

(Angie Francalancia, Johnson Scholarship Foundation)
 

SCSD Professor receives Belong Fellowship Award

Our very own Dr. Ana Maria Gonzalez Barrero was one of this year's recipients of Dalhousie University's  Belong Fellowship Awards for 2022.

Officially launched in November 2018, Belong Research Fellowships were established by the Offices of the Provost and Vice President Academic and Vice President Research and Innovation to support tenure-track faculty from equity-deserving groups to pursue small research projects of one to two years.

Up to four fellowships of $5,000 are provided annually. You can read the entire article here.

(Andrew Riley, Dal News)

 

 

(Photo: Global Health Office, Dalhousie)



(Photo: Dalhousie)

SCSD offers five renewable entrance scholarships for academic excellence  

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is proud to announce that it will be offering five renewable entrance scholarships for academic excellence. Three scholarships are open to all applicants.  

In addition, two more are open to Indigenous and/or African Nova Scotians including the Nova Scotia Scholar Award.

With the generous support of an endowment, Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia has provided funding of the Nova Scotia Scholar award. Please see Part V of the SCSD Additional Information Form for more information.

Information on Admissions can be found here.

 

Statement on Anti-racism and Anti-oppression

School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

The ongoing violent attacks on and deaths of Black, Indigenous, and other People of Colour (BIPOC) at the hands of the police in the United States and Canada have highlighted the need to speak out and act in meaningful ways to bring about systemic change. 

The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders affirms its opposition to all forms of oppression, racism, and discrimination and states clearly and unequivocally that Black Lives Matter and Indigenous Lives Matter. We pledge to scrutinize and change our policies and practices in order to eliminate systemic racism and discrimination in our School and achieve true diversity, inclusivity, equity, and cultural safety. This work is consistent with our strategic plan and core values. As first steps we will immediately engage in the following activities:

  1. Evaluate the admissions requirements—particularly the use of GRE scores—and revise so as to seek to eliminate systemic biases in the admissions process;
  2. Review the Equity Admissions Policy and potentially expand it to include other marginalized groups;
  3. Prioritize equity and diversity when hiring;
  4. Develop a process for compensating BIPOC students, alumni, and external experts who are asked to consult with us on issues of diversity, oppression, racism, and discrimination;
  5. Evaluate and improve how diversity is addressed in the curriculum;
  6. Provide anti-oppression and trauma-informed training to faculty and staff;
  7. Develop and implement a plan to support the success of BIPOC students in the program;
  8. Dialogue with other speech-language-pathology and audiology organizations about dismantling systemic racism and promoting equity in the professions and in our services such as Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC), Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA), Nova Scotia College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists (NSCASLP), Hearing and Speech Nova Scotia (HSNS), and Regional Centres of Education;
  9. Engage in meaningful respectful discussions with BIPOC consultants, students, staff, and faculty to identify further actions that can bring about substantive change. The action plan will be completed by December 2020;
  10. Inform students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders monthly on our progress.

 


News from the Faculty of Health Professions

Monday, May 9, 2022
To identify novel new ways to address some of the challenges facing seniors in long-term care situations, one of Atlantic Canada's leaders in the sector has teamed up with a Dal health innovation sandbox to tap into the ideas of a younger generation.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Read about Dalhousie’s latest recipients of CIHR funding to pursue COVID-related research. Janet Curran, Faculty of Health Uncovering the impact of COVID on children with complex care needs Before the pandemic, caregivers of children requiring complex care reported numerous gaps in programs and services, including a lack of access to respite care and effective coordination between service providers. COVID public health measures added a new level of complexity and pressure on already imperfectly delivered services. While measures slowed community spread, reduced deaths, and decreased the burden on the health care system, they also led to unintended consequences for many Canadian families. Dr. Curran and her research team will examine how these changes impacted children with complex care needs and their families to help build strategies that will be responsive to their needs in future public health emergencies. Alexa Yakubovich, Faculty of Medicine Counteracting violence against women during health emergencies Emerging research shows that women experienced increased rates of gender-based violence during the COVID pandemic, including domestic and sexual violence. Dr. Yakubovich and her research team will investigate how organizations that serve women who experienced violence adapted during the pandemic in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. They will also evaluate how well these adaptations met the needs of women across a diversity of social backgrounds, including different gender, sexual, and racial identities, to provide guidance to support women during future public health emergencies. Janice Graham, Faculty of Medicine Building a more resilience and equitable pandemic response The hollowing out of public health prior to COVID-19 exposed Canada’s diminished ability to anticipate and respond to a public health emergency. Fragmentation, implementation problems, and insufficient capacity to anticipate, learn and adapt, characterizes the landscape. A more coherent governance framework informed by those profoundly impacted by the pandemic but habitually sidelined in governance design is needed. Through a series of deliberative engagements, Janice Graham, Shawn Harmon, their pan-Canadian social science, public health and immunization research team, and equity-seeking groups will develop a public health governance framework, an outline for a Canadian Public Health Act, and communication tools to engage the broader public. Dr. Graham and team pictured below.
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News from the Faculty of Health Professions

Natasha Breward  –  Research
Monday, May 9, 2022
To identify novel new ways to address some of the challenges facing seniors in long-term care situations, one of Atlantic Canada's leaders in the sector has teamed up with a Dal health innovation sandbox to tap into the ideas of a younger generation.
Alison Auld  –  Research
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
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Andrew Riley  –  Research
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Read about Dalhousie’s latest recipients of CIHR funding to pursue COVID-related research. Janet Curran, Faculty of Health Uncovering the impact of COVID on children with complex care needs Before the pandemic, caregivers of children requiring complex care reported numerous gaps in programs and services, including a lack of access to respite care and effective coordination between service providers. COVID public health measures added a new level of complexity and pressure on already imperfectly delivered services. While measures slowed community spread, reduced deaths, and decreased the burden on the health care system, they also led to unintended consequences for many Canadian families. Dr. Curran and her research team will examine how these changes impacted children with complex care needs and their families to help build strategies that will be responsive to their needs in future public health emergencies. Alexa Yakubovich, Faculty of Medicine Counteracting violence against women during health emergencies Emerging research shows that women experienced increased rates of gender-based violence during the COVID pandemic, including domestic and sexual violence. Dr. Yakubovich and her research team will investigate how organizations that serve women who experienced violence adapted during the pandemic in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. They will also evaluate how well these adaptations met the needs of women across a diversity of social backgrounds, including different gender, sexual, and racial identities, to provide guidance to support women during future public health emergencies. Janice Graham, Faculty of Medicine Building a more resilience and equitable pandemic response The hollowing out of public health prior to COVID-19 exposed Canada’s diminished ability to anticipate and respond to a public health emergency. Fragmentation, implementation problems, and insufficient capacity to anticipate, learn and adapt, characterizes the landscape. A more coherent governance framework informed by those profoundly impacted by the pandemic but habitually sidelined in governance design is needed. Through a series of deliberative engagements, Janice Graham, Shawn Harmon, their pan-Canadian social science, public health and immunization research team, and equity-seeking groups will develop a public health governance framework, an outline for a Canadian Public Health Act, and communication tools to engage the broader public. Dr. Graham and team pictured below.
View more Faculty of Health Professions News

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