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Conversations on Bias in Presentations (PD102510)

Presenter(s): Jessica Jackson, MBA, MEd; Rachel K Powell, PhD, CCC-SLP
Course Description

You can view this video and download the handouts for free (without CE credit) on ASHA Stream.

In this course, SLP Rachel Powell and racial equity strategist Jessica Jackson discuss the issue of bias in presentations, including tips and strategies for making presentations more accessible, inclusive, and impactful. Designed to be used during presentation development, the course offers ideas and guided learning activities to help presenters recognize and reflect on their own biases so their presentations can be more accessible, authentic, culturally inclusive, relevant, and engaging for diverse audiences. The course offers practical tips and strategies that can be integrated into presentations of any kind.

The course blends 52 minutes of presenter conversation with 50 minutes of reflection/application activities.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Apply strategies to improve accessibility of a presentation 
  • Apply strategies to make a presentation more culturally inclusive 
  • Reflect on your biases and avoid problematic content that might inhibit learning 
  • Apply strategies to engage with your audience in ways that reduce bias


  • Overview and introduction (10 min.)
  • Improving presentation accessibility (7 min.)
  • Learner activity: Making your presentation more accessible (10 min.)
  • Culturally inclusive presentations (11 min.)
  • Learner activity: Making your presentation more culturally inclusive (10 min.)
  • Presenter self-reflection (9 min.)
  • Learner activity: Cultural competence self-reflection and presentation materials reflection (10 min.)
  • Meaningfully engaging with your audience (8 min.)
  • Learner activity: Review your presentation and find opportunities to meaningfully engage with your audiences (10 min.)
  • It’s a process, not a checkbox (7 min.)
  • Learner activity: Next steps for reducing bias in presentations (10 min.)

Related Courses

This course is part of Key Courses on Delivering Great Presentations

DEI Professional Development Requirement

This course counts toward the ASHA certification maintenance professional development requirement for DEI (which encompasses cultural competency; cultural humility; culturally responsive practice; and diversity, equity, and inclusion). See more courses that count toward this requirement or read more about professional development requirements for certification maintenance.

Presenter Information

Rachel K. Powell, PhD, CCC-SLP, received her master’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi, and her PhD from Louisiana State University. She specializes in language development and disorders as well as literacy acquisition and disorders. She has been employed as a speech-language pathologist, diagnostician, and instructional specialist in public schools for 20 years. She has taught as an adjunct professor in coursework in language, literacy, research, diagnostics, and speech sound disorders. She is a past-president of the Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association and currently serves as legislative chair. Rachel has been invited to present regionally on topics including language/speech evaluation, development of standards-based IEPs, and the language foundations of literacy. She has presented nationally on topics including curriculum-based language assessment/interventions, response to intervention, service delivery models, and the language-literacy connection. Rachel has published in Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools (article titled “Unique Contributors to the Curriculum: From Research to Practice for Speech-Language Pathologists in Schools”). Rachel was the chair of the ASHA Scientific and Professional Education Board for 2021-2022. She has served as ASHA Convention Topic Chair for Language and Learning in School-Age Children (2018) and Literacy Assessment and Intervention (2019). She has been a member of the ASHA Convention Topic Committee for Literacy Assessment and Intervention for 2020-2021, and is a member of the Topic Committee for Leadership and Professional Development for 2022. Rachel is the 2021 recipient of the ASHFoundation Rolland Van Hattum Award for Contributions in Schools.

Financial Disclosures:

  • SLP at Brookhaven School District

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Chair of ASHA's Scientific and Professional Education Board
  • Member of 2022 ASHA Convention Program Committee
  • Chair of Mississippi Speech-Language-Hearing Association's Legislative Committee

Jessica Jackson, MBA, MEd, is the Racial Equity Strategist at TorranceLearning. She brings to this work over a decade of experience in supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in both corporate and higher education contexts. She has been recognized at the international level for her advocacy and strategic program development. Jess is the author of TorranceLearning's CREW (Cultivating Racial Equity in the Workplace) curriculum.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Instructional Designer and Racial Equity Product Development Manager at TorranceLearning
  • Instructional Design for National Expungement Works, Common Citizen, and

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • Board member of Bagley Community Council

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by April 1, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: February 6, 2023
End date: April 1, 2028

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.15
Item #(s): PD102510
Available Through: April 01, 2028