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Celebrating 40 years
In honor of Dr. Brenda Louw's 40 years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, the first year Speech-Language Pathology students surprised her with a donation to Smile Train. Smile Train is an international children's charity that provides surgery to children who are born with a cleft lip or a cleft palate in developing countries. Their donation will pay for a child to receive corrective surgery in her name! For more information about Smile Train, please visit their website.
The Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) is a federal grant
that Dr. Brenda Louw and Dr. Lynn Williams received to fund opportunities to encourage
cross-cultural competence among ETSU SLP graduate students.
In 2011 the first of five groups traveled to Brazil to live, study, participate in various clinics, and conduct research with a cross-cultural emphasis. The final group of students who traveled to Brazil under the FIPSE grant was in 2015. They participated in clinics of all varieties (pediatric, NICU, acute, outpatient, inpatient, free clinics, aphasia group, Cleft Lip and Palate Hospital) with many different populations (school age, voice, aphasia, dysphagia, dysarthria, CLP, apraxia, language, speech etc.) while working under caring Brazilian professors and alongside friendly Brazilian students[LB1] .
[LB1] Unfortunately the FIPSE grant has come to an end, but Dr. Louw and
Dr. Williams continue to collaborate with faculty in Brazil and have future plans of a study abroad course in Brazil.
Please view the 2015 FIPSE slideshow here.
"Clinical observations and social interactions with new friends, at both UFSM and USP, are something I will treasure for the rest of my life."
"The experience I received, friendships I gained, and knowledge I have gathered though being a FIPSE Fellow, is something I would not change for the world."
"The most important takeaway from my Brazil experience is culture or tradition does not implicate superiority or inferiority."
"My time there has infiltrated my personal and professional perspectives, my view of familiar and foreign cultures, and my future professional goals."
"My time in Brazil broadened my acceptance of the cultural differences I experienced there and informed my future clinical practice in working with diverse cultural backgrounds."