Programs

PhD Health Sciences

This exciting program is designed to meet the critical need for doctoral-prepared faculty and researchers. You’ll work closely with our research faculty in your selected area of concentration and also complete cross-disciplinary and core courses that emphasize an interdisciplinary perspective in health-related education and research. Learn more

MS Communication Sciences & Disorders

Graduate student clinicians work with client with cochlear implants

When the ability to communicate is disrupted, every aspect of daily living is affected. As a speech-language pathologist, you’ll work with clients and their families to improve communication skills and cope with the difficulties of communication and swallowing disorders. You’ll use your expertise to treat conditions such as stuttering, delayed language development, aphasia, dysphagia, and voice and articulation problems. Learn more

BS Communication Sciences & Disorders

A student clinician does a word-retrieval task with his young client.

When the ability to communicate is disrupted, every aspect of daily living is affected. This degree provides the pre-professional foundation for graduate study. As a Speech-Language Pathologist or Audiologist, your evaluation and treatment helps clients and their families to improve communication skills and cope with the difficulties of communication disorders. Learn more

Certificate in Assistive Technology & Accessible Design (Graduate)

Person using a refreshable braille machine with a computer

The Certificate in Assistive Technology and Accessible Design will prepare you to meet the diverse and adaptive needs of a career in the field of assistive technology and accessible design. Completion of the certificate will help you prepare to sit for state and national certification examinations, such as for an Assistive Technology Specialist, Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist and Low Vision Specialist. Learn more

Mission

Mission

The mission of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders is to engage in the generation, dissemination, integration, and application of knowledge specific to evaluation of and intervention for speech, language, and hearing impairments.

Members of the department conduct research that contributes to the knowledge base of the field, and provide high-quality educational programs that (1) prepare undergraduate students with a broad foundation in communication sciences and disorders, (2) prepare graduate students in speech-language pathology for professional practice, and (3) prepare students to continue their professional growth beyond their formal education.

The department also provides clinical services to the Milwaukee community for a variety of communication disorders.

Commitment to Anti-Racism and Equity

Commitment to Anti-Racism and Equity
The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee condemns the systemic racism, hatred, and bigotry that has led to the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Arbery, Nina Pop, Rayshard Brooks, Jarred Tipton, Elijah McClain, and many more. The violence we have seen in recent months that has taken Black lives, oppressed Black livelihoods and silenced Black voices is not new. We as a society have been silent and complacent regarding the violence and injustices against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) that have plagued this world and our country for hundreds of years.

We recognize that our profession does not represent the diversity of those we serve, especially in the city of Milwaukee. Only 3.5% of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) identify as Black, and that in a white-dominant profession we perpetuate systemic racism. We will actively work towards dismantling white privilege to provoke change in our field and in the communities that we serve. We recognize the impact of systemic racism, lack of diversity, and white privilege in academic programs in CSD that marginalize students and faculty who are BIPOC. It is our responsibility to acknowledge these injustices and work to change them.

These times call for much needed discussions regarding race, diversity, equity and inclusion. Our program has initiated a process of reflection, discussion, and action to be inclusive of individuals who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Tackling the symptoms of systemic racism will require long and difficult self-examination and a great deal of work. We pledge to:

  • Acknowledge the overwhelming racial injustices within education, healthcare, and policing
  • Actively challenge our implicit biases and advocate for historically marginalized communities through honest learning and reflection
  • Reject racist notions expressed by our non-black clients, their families, and our colleagues, promoting opportunity for conversations and education
  • Openly embrace the value of African American English and other dialects and educate others about the history and importance of diverse dialects
  • Hold ourselves to higher standards of cultural humility as opposed to cultural competence, recognizing that this is a life-long learning process
  • Continue to support and advocate for our BIPOC clients and their families to help them receive care that is equitable, culturally responsive, and evidence-based
  • To actively and continuously listen, engage, support, and stand by the BIPOC members of our community in Milwaukee

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is committed to long-term change. We have taken the following actions as beginning steps to deconstructing racism. We know this is a continuous process and we will update this list as new initiatives are added.

  • We are creating a page on our department’s website to share our progress and provide resources to our students, alumni, and community members to lead and participate in anti-racism and anti-hatred efforts. We will also share these resources through our department social media feeds.
  • We will no longer require or consider GRE scores as part of our graduate application materials due to the racial, ethnic, and cultural biases inherent in standardized testing.
  • We are holding monthly forums for continued discussion on racial justice, equity, and anti-racism within our department, university, and field.
  • We will strive for full participation among faculty members in existing programs to ensure academic success of students of color, including the MCH Pipeline, TRIO , and UWM Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Programs
  • We will continue to nominate our students for the Advanced Opportunity Program (AOP) Fellowship
  • We will continue efforts to recruit students of color to our program and charge our department Recruitment and Retention Committee address issues of systemic racism that affect our students
  • We will add student members to our Recruitment and Retention Committee to ensure that their voices are heard
  • We have developed relationships with minority-serving schools in the area to provide clinical services.
  • We are planning to develop relationships with Milwaukee Public Schools to promote the fields of communication disorders to diverse students
  • We will revise our mission statement to reflect our commitment to anti-racism and serving diverse populations in the Milwaukee area and beyond.
  • We will actively reach out to students of color to build community and welcome them to the department.
  • Our program also endorsed a petition that will be sent to ASHA, CAA, and CAPCSD to advocate for an Antiracism Task Force to review the current ASHA standards and to develop new standards for antiracism training in university programs.

These changes and commitments are only the beginning to what is a process of continuous improvement. We may make mistakes along the way, but we pledge to learn from these mistakes and improve. Dismantling racism takes commitment from every member of society. We recognize that there is much more that we can do and are committed to doing our part.

Resources on Anti-Racism

Resources on Anti-Racism
The greatest steps that we can take to combat racism involve COMMUNCIATION.

Be present and compassionate with each other. Have conversations about race – even when it feels uncomfortable. Listen when people of color tell you about their experiences and believe them. It is imperative to speak out when you see injustice and racism. Ask questions about equity without burdening those already bearing the weight of white privilege. Do your own learning and un-learning, be humble and be gentle with yourself through this process. Below are some tools for you to review, think about, and act on:

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

  • Emily Kies and Kaitlin Sanfelippo presented a research poster at the WSHA annual conference.
    Emily Kies and Kaitlin Sanfelippo presented a research poster at the WSHA annual conference.