American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 234,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology assistants; and students.
Health Care

Grant Program for Projects on Multicultural Activities

Initiative Categories


Focus Areas

  • Admissions
  • Age Equity
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Dialect
  • Disability
  • Gender
  • Health Equity
  • Hiring Practices
  • Language access/inclusion
  • Mentoring
  • Metrics and Accountability
  • Multilingualism
  • Neurodiversity
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Religion/Faith based practice/spirituality
  • Size inclusion
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Trauma Informed Care


ASHA has had a long-standing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at ASHA and recognizes the importance of acknowledging and appropriately responding to cultural and linguistic influences across the discipline. Since 1996, funding has been designated to provide support for the infusion of multiculturalism into clinical, educational, and professional programs as well as the activities of allied/related associations and organizations.

Applicants include clinical and/or school-based speech, language, and hearing programs; university programs; state associations; and allied and related professional organizations. An ASHA member must serve as project director.

Proposals must include one or more of the following dimensions of diversity: age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, national origin (including language and dialect), race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. There is particular interest in proposals that result in increasing cultural responsiveness, cultural competence, and/or cultural humility on an individual or programmatic level.

To date, projects have focused on the development of tools and resources for the following purposes:

  • consumer education
  • interprofessional practice (IPP)
  • professional development
  • professional preparation of students
  • recruitment into the professions
  • service delivery models and assessment
  • specific cultural and linguistic populations
  • working with interpreters

Examples of completed projects can be found on the ASHA website. All funded projects must include a Dissemination Plan and a Replication Plan so that the author's colleagues may also implement the proposed tools and resources, as appropriate.

For More Information

See the Grant Program for Projects on Multicultural Activities or contact Karen Beverly-Ducker at

This initiative was submitted on May 6, 2024.

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