Charu Dwivedi

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department or School

Special Education

Committee Member

Audrey Farrugia-Bernard, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Committee Member

Sarah Ginsberg, Ed.D., CCC-SLP

Committee Member

Naomi Hashimoto, Ph.D., CCC-SLP


This qualitative research study explored why undergraduate students of color have pursued degrees in speech-language pathology. The population of the United States consisting of individuals of color is rapidly increasing. However, the demographic of individuals of color in the field of speech-language pathology is not. Interviews with undergraduate students of color were completed to understand their journey that led them to the field. The results of the study indicated that the students of color who succeeded in getting accepted into a speech-language pathology major had support, internal motivation, and were financially stable.