From the Coordinator This will be my last Coordinator's Corner. My tenure ends December 31, 2004. I have really enjoyed working with Steering Committee (SC) members Kelly Nett, Aliette Alfano, Carol Westby, and Alina de la Paz. Adele Proctor and Diane Scott respectively have served as Perspectives Editors. The SC members and ... Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column  |   October 01, 2004
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Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Coordinator's Column
Coordinator's Column   |   October 01, 2004
From the Coordinator
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2004, Vol. 11, 1-2. doi:10.1044/cds11.3.1
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, October 2004, Vol. 11, 1-2. doi:10.1044/cds11.3.1
This will be my last Coordinator's Corner. My tenure ends December 31, 2004. I have really enjoyed working with Steering Committee (SC) members Kelly Nett, Aliette Alfano, Carol Westby, and Alina de la Paz. Adele Proctor and Diane Scott respectively have served as Perspectives Editors. The SC members and Editors have been energetic, dedicated, and great volunteers in the truest sense of the word. They have done everything they committed to do and much more besides. I offer each of them many thanks for their hard work and for supporting me in many ways during my tenure.
I am very proud of what we have accomplished since we began working together in {ukJanuary 2001}. We developed the Division's first strategic plan in 2003, and we are well on our way to realizing many of our goals and extending additional services and benefits to our affiliates. We pledged to increase our membership and we have; we have 25% more members than we did 3 years ago. Our affiliate retention rate has also increased. We planned to increase our collaboration with other divisions, and we have done so. Each year we collaborate with Division 1 on a Perspectives publication. We have also had joint Perspectives with several other divisions over the past 3 years, and we are currently discussing collaborations with at least two other divisions. We have sponsored speakers for the ASHA Schools Conference. We have formed a research committee to investigate the role Division 14 can play in supporting and reporting research related to the provision of cultural and linguistic diversity programs and services. We have an exclusive listserve for affiliate communication and discussion. Plans are underway to establish a program to provide mentoring support for division affiliates in areas they identify as professional and clinical needs. We also have a group of members investigating the specialty recognition issue. They will be making a report to the SC on whether the division should mount a specialty recognition certification for bilingual clinicians and monolingual clinicians who work with clients whose first language is not English.
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