Greetings and welcome to our fall 2020 newsletter! I hope this email finds you and those you care about safe and healthy. It has been a challenging year, full of loss and resilience. We are living through two epidemics in our country: systemic racism and COVID-19. We have begun the process of addressing systemic racism by developing a statement on anti-racism and I look forward to continuing departmental conversations this fall about anti-racism and what actions we can take to reduce racism in our community.
The department and GW adopted a remote learning model for fall semester in response to COVID-19. Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences (SLHS) faculty and clinical educators have been busy this summer applying best practices for remote teaching and learning to their classes and clinical tracks. I think students and faculty alike miss the personal engagement that we had in the department, clinic and classes, but I’ve been extremely impressed with everyone’s willingness to forge ahead and try new methods for research, teaching, clinical work and social engagement.
I will miss seeing all of you at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association convention! Remember that the department is always interested in securing new externship sites, so if you are wondering about being an externship mentor, please let us know! Until we see each other again, please remain safe and well!
Dr. Shelley Brundage