Khalilah Johnson has received a 2021 MLK Unsung Hero Award from the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, an initiative of the Office of the Provost at UNC-Chapel Hill. The awards, given annually, recognize those who have exemplified a commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Johnson, an assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Science … Continued
It is with sadness that the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy shares news of Jane Davis Rourk’s recent death. It is with appreciation that we say goodbye to this extraordinary and humble leader and friend. Rourk, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA, was an associate professor of occupational therapy at UNC-Chapel Hill. She was a leader … Continued
Michelle Ballasiotes ‘20, a first-year master’s degree student in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, has received the Student, Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award from the Southern Association of Allied Health Deans (SAAHD). Ballasiotes, who had a stroke before she was born, participated in weekly physical and occupational therapy for more than … Continued
Kathryn Diamant (’20 MS OT) completed her final fieldwork experience in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at Carrboro nonprofit Club Nova by using her training in the field and innovative technology to support the club’s members from a distance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Club Nova, which uses an international … Continued
Kate Hickert ‘18, a second-year master’s student in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, has launched a student-led book club in hopes of creating a lasting impact when it comes to discussions surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion. The book club began in April following the news of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, … Continued
The Carolina Center for Public Service has awarded second-year occupational science PhD student Kierra Peak ‘14 with a 2020 Community Engagement Fellowship. Peak and her research partner, Lindsay Rentschler, a doctoral student in the School of Education, plan to host workshops to empower parents with adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their joint project, … Continued
As our country struggles with the tragedies and trauma that have occurred over the past week stemming from centuries of racism, we cannot and will not stay silent. The deaths of George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and countless more Black Americans are unjust and unacceptable. The faculty of the Division of Occupational Science and … Continued
HEELS Prep, an interdisciplinary collaboration designed to support young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID), has moved to an online format for summer 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic; organizers hope the program will continue to support these individuals as they transition to adulthood.