Lewis Honors College Capstone Collection

Year of Publication



Health Sciences


Communication Sciences & Disorders

Degree Name

BHS in Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Capstone/Thesis Advisor

Anne Olson


Individuals from under-represented minority backgrounds are scarce within healthcare careers. Former research has suggested that this lack of diversity begins at the undergraduate level. This proposal discusses a potential solution to this problem occurring at the University of Kentucky and other colleges across the United States. Suggested intervention targeted diverse populations, connected students with faculty and staff, and provided shadowing resources for individuals from under-represented minority backgrounds. Based on research and current diversity statistics, populations of individuals from diverse backgrounds are expected to increase within the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. Demographic information for the fall 2016 semester will become available in the fall of 2017.