To be fully prepared to work within an increasingly diverse society, CSD students need to learn more about oppression, racism, equity and inclusion in addition to learning about cultural differences. In this article, a model of Anti-Oppressive Practice (AOP) developed as an integral part of a CSD graduate education curriculum is presented. Rooted in theoretical models including Critical Race Theory and Critical Disability Theory, the AOP curriculum includes eight modules, with each module defining relevant language, introducing concrete action step strategies, and giving students opportunities to practice these steps. Topics include forms of bias, systemic racism, oppression, cultural competence and cultural humility, deficit vs. strength-based models, inclusion and ableism in CSD. Numerous examples of how AOP has been threaded throughout the CSD curriculum in academic and clinical courses are provided.
Young, Indigo M.; Halvorson-Bourgeois, Bonnie; Maxwell, Lesley; Nicholas, Marjorie; and Riotte, Mary
"Anti-Oppressive Practice: An Integral Component of a Graduate Curriculum,"
Teaching and Learning in Communication Sciences & Disorders: Vol. 5
, Article 4.
Available at: https://ir.library.illinoisstate.edu/tlcsd/vol5/iss3/4