Ella Inglebret, assistant professor of speech and hearing sciences at Washington State University, is being awarded the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contribution in Multicultural Affairs of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

According to ASHA, “The award recognizes distinguished achievement and contributions by ASHA members in the area of multicultural professional education and research, and clinical service to multicultural populations.”

“This is an incredible honor,” said Inglebret. “It represents the highest form of recognition that our national association gives for contributions specific to the area of multicultural affairs. It is overwhelming to be recognized nationally.”

Inglebret’s work is focused on preparation of Native Americans to become professionals and leaders in the field of speech-language pathology.

“Most recently, I have been involved in research to identify factors associated with Native student success in higher education,” Inglebret said. “It is immensely rewarding to see Native graduates of our program assume leadership roles in their communities, as well as on a national level. I just worked with one of our graduates to put on a symposium focused on development of culturally responsive intervention for speech-language pathologists. She is demonstrating how Native language can be infused into speech-language intervention for Native children in the Northwest.”

“Ella is nationally recognized as a leader in the area of multicultural education and clinical service delivery,” said Gail Chermak, chair of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.

“This work involves a team effort,” Inglebret said. “There are many people who deserve recognition with me. One of my partners has been D. Michael Pavel, associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology, with whom I have collaborated on research and program development to foster Native American student success. We recently coauthored a book, ‘The American Indian and Alaska Native Student’s Guide to College Success.’”

“Congratulations to Ella on this wonderful recognition of her hard work and great success, and congratulations to the entire SHS team for the supporting environment and encouragement that helps the department’s faculty be so successful,” said Susan Ross, associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts.

Inglebret’s distinction will be formally recognized by ASHA at the association’s 2007 convention and awards ceremony November 16 in Boston.