Anti-racism in speech and language therapy: towards diversity and inclusion for our profession and service users

Friday 21 May, 9.30am-12pm

Please note, this event is being held twice in order to maximise participation – on Friday 21 May, 9.30am-12pm and Wednesday 26 May, 5.30pm-8pm. You only need to attend one event.

Visit our event hub for our programme of learning, a list of resources, instructions on how to get involved and register for the event.

At the event

At the event, members will be able to watch short videos (10 minutes) and take part in workshops, where they can discuss their learning and plan next steps for the future.

The workshop sessions will allow participants to share ideas and next steps. These will be facilitated by members of the anti-racism reference group, RCSLT staff members, and members involved in the event planning.

We encourage all delegates to participate fully in the workshop sessions. If you have any accessibility needs we can address, please include them when you register, or email

Workshop etiquette and event programme

For information on etiquette during workshop sessions, see our guidelines for virtual events.

Download the event programme (PDF)

More information

Take a look at the RCSLT anti-racism hub for more information about our work, as well as guidance, resources and updates.

Aims and objectives

By engaging with the programme of learning, delegates will:

  • Build shared knowledge of the importance of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion within the profession.
  • Build shared knowledge of the importance of anti-racism, diversity and inclusion for our service users.
  • Understand where we are as a profession and where we want to be.
  • Reflect on how we can use ‘cultural inquisitiveness’ to create a more inclusive workforce and deliver better services.
  • Agree on where to start, and how to support one another along the way.
  • Look at how we can bring the whole profession along with us, building commitment and winning hearts and minds.
  • Think about ways we can bring cultural inquisitiveness into our practices and services.

Cultural inquisitiveness: Being honest and open about one’s lack of knowledge about a person’s cultural practices, beliefs and way of life that is different from one’s own, and having the confidence to ask respectful questions to discover more about that person’s unique perspective.

Featured video

Watch the current featured video and additional learning prompts from our programme of learning.

Anti-racism in speech and language therapy: Positive about bilingualism and cultural diversity

Presented by Sunita Shah, RCSLT Bilingualism Adviser and Independent Practitioner, Together Let’s Communicate Limited, Speech and Language Therapy, Autor; and Dr Sean Pert, RCSLT Bilingualism Adviser, Senior Lecturer and Consultant SLT, University of Manchester and Indigo Gender Service this is the fifth instalment of our programme of learning, culminating in a live, profession-wide event.

Additional learning prompts

Don’t forget that this learning counts as Continuing Professional Development and can be recorded in your CPD diary. You might like to create a new goal for anti-racism, under which you can record all related learning activities.  Perhaps you could reflect on:

  • What did you think about this video, how did you feel about it?
  • How do you feel about beginning the conversation in your team?
  • How do you think this topic will be received within your team?

Programme of learning

Visit our event hub for more videos and to see our full programme of learning.

Take the baseline survey

The RCSLT and the speech and language therapy profession as a whole are on a journey towards greater diversity and inclusion for our profession and for service users. To track our progress, we are keen to understand where the profession is now.

Please help us by answering a few questions. The survey should take about ten minutes and will help to support our ongoing anti-racism work.

Take the survey

Register for the live event

Register for the live online event on 21 May 2021, 9.30am

Register now

Prefer to attend the evening event? Visit our page for 26 May to register.

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