SIU Board of Trustees Diversity Excellence Lectures and Awards

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Maria Claudia Franca2018 SIU Board of Trustee Diversity Excellence Award Winner

Maria Claudia Franca is Associate Professor and Program Coordinator in the Communication Disorders and Sciences Program of the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). Maria Claudia is a two-degree alumnus from SIUC, holding a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation and a M.S. in Communication Disorders and Sciences. Dr. Franca carries leadership appointments including multicultural commitments at the Illinois Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ISHA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), from which she has been awarded Diversity Champion and Minority Student Leader.

Maria Claudia has been continuously the instructor of record of the class “Cultural Diversity Aspects of Communication Disorders” - a dynamic course designed to increase multicultural awareness and skills among future professionals. Her experiences in pluralistic education and research have been disseminated through classes, conferences, and peer-review journals. Dr. Franca’s international endeavors include scholar collaboration and development of study abroad programs.


2018 SIU Board of Trustees Diversity Excellence Lecture featuring Craig Clayton



2017 SIU Board of Trustees Diversity Excellence Lecture featuring Tim Wise