Minot State University's chapter of the National Students Speech Language Hearing Association is holding its 2011 spring conference March 25 in the Conference Center (Student Center, third floor), from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The keynote speaker is Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, who will present "A Quest for Cultural Competence."
"All speech-language-hearing professionals work in a culturally diverse environment," Cheng said. "Some work in bilingual settings and others work with individuals with diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
"There is an increasing need for us to gain cultural competence," Cheng said. "The purpose of my presentation is to provide the necessary steps to acquire cultural competence and the strategies to conduct culturally appropriate assessment and intervention."
Cheng is a professor in the School of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and the director of Chinese Studies Institute at San Diego State University. She is the chair of the Education Committee for the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics and the past chair of the Multicultural Issues Board for the American Speech Language Hearing Association. Cheng is also a fellow of ASHA and the recipient of the 1997 ASHA Award for Special Contributions to Multicultural Affairs. She also received the 2002 Diversity Award from the California Speech and Hearing Association. On the editorial board of several major professional journals, Cheng has numerous professional publications and has lectured all over the world.
This conference is intended for speech-language pathologists, educators, university faculty and students and others interested in cultural competence. For $50 early bird registration, it must be received by March 15. On-site registration is $75. All communication disorders majors and graduate students must attend this conference with pre-approval from all professors. The conference is free to all MSU faculty and students.
Individuals wishing to attend must send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.