The first-year Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) students recently welcomed Dr. Samuel Bradley, assistant professor of Macro Practice in Boston College’s School of Social Work, to their amplification selection and fitting course.

Bradley discussed diversity, equity, and inclusion related to patient access, support, and best practice. His presentation addressed the meaning of health equity and the importance of inclusive environments in clinical practice. Bradley expressed the benefits of cultural humility and taking “a learner’s approach” when interacting with patients of diverse backgrounds.

Bradley’s presentation also addressed ways future clinicians can prepare for working with diverse patients. As someone who has worked clinically as a social worker, Bradley acknowledged the difficulties and demands of a clinic workday. Sometimes these difficulties and demands can negatively influence patient-clinician interactions. Bradley stressed to the students the importance of monitoring their own emotional triggers and addressing them appropriately so that they can provide the best support and practice for each individual patient.

Bradley specializes in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice as they relate to public health. His academic interest is in how higher education development and programming can support marginalized and minority communities. He is a passionate community activist made evident by his former roles as chair of the Forum for Equality, an LGBTQ+ human rights organization, collaborator with President Barack Obama’s administration to develop interfaith service projects, and board member of the Music Coalition of New Orleans (MaCCNO).

The Au.D. class of 2023 would like to thank Dr. Bradley for taking the time to discuss the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a way that will meaningfully impact their clinical practice. His dedication to and expertise on the topic was greatly appreciated.