Vision and Mission


The SCSU Dept of CMD will be the leader in attracting and preparing an exemplary, diverse student body who will be competent in using innovative, evidence-based practices responsive to the culture and unique needs of all individuals with communication disorders and differences across the life span.  


Through its’ unwavering commitment to current, innovative academic and clinical curriculum, and equity-minded policies, the Department of Communication Disorders will prepare future Speech-Language Pathologists with the knowledge and skills needed to enrich the lives of the people they serve and the wider community in which they live. 


To accomplish this mission, the Department will:  

  • Listen to all voices and experiences to create an inclusive culture dedicated to upholding the basic human rights of equality, freedom, and justice for all our students, faculty, staff, and the clients we serve.  
  • Support, conduct and disseminate essential, impactful clinical research   
  • Engage in interprofessional education and practice to foster collaboration and provision of comprehensive client services.  
  • Embrace innovative, effective clinical practice and service delivery models in our state-of-the art clinic and our myriad clinical practicum opportunities.  
  • Utilize dynamic teaching approaches to deliver curriculum that reflects the profession’s evolving scope of practice and prepares students to become life-long learners and evidence-based practitioners   
  • Advance our discipline by educating the general public about our mission and available services  
  • Foster leadership and advocacy in our students and faculty to effectively engage in culturally responsive practice  

Program Goals 

  1. Expand program offerings to align with student and stakeholder needs such as shortage of SLP, SLP assistants, Multilingual SLPs, doctoral level SLPs 
  1. Increase enrollment and retention of students who identify as Black, African-American, Latinx, Native American, Asian, Male, and/or LGBTQ in our undergraduate and graduate programs to foster increased representation across the fields of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology 
  1. Increase breadth of clinical learning /service opportunities for students to meet current and imminent changes within the profession and community 
  1. Increase student capacity to engage in interprofessional practice, to use culturally responsive approaches, and to serve clients with specialized needs 
  1. Revise all CMD policies and procedures to reflect equity, access, diversity, and inclusion to result in a more diverse student body in both undergraduate and graduate programs 
  1. To expand and enhance research experiences for faculty and students to result in greater contribution to the profession and community 
  1. Increase CMD faculty understanding of the processes of anti-bias and anti-racism work and their role to support equity, access, diversity, and inclusion in the CMD program.