Anti-racism in speech and language therapy: towards diversity and inclusion for our profession and service users
Wednesday 26 May, 5.30pm-8pm
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop etiquette and event programme
For information on etiquette during workshop sessions, see our guidelines for virtual events.
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.
Watch the current featured video and additional learning prompts from our programme of learning.
What is it like on the ground? Issues of diversity within SLT – part one
Presented by Naomi Ignatius, senior SLT, Neurosciences SLT Service, Kings College Hospital NHS Trust
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:
- Am I aware of the disparities within health, education and socioeconomics in the UK?
- Am I aware of the power plays that I might bring to the therapy table as a result?
- What can I do to increase representation of minorities within my work on a day to day basis?
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.