Diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural humility are given emphasis in the efforts of both students and faculty in the Division of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy. Current and ongoing initiatives are highlighted below.
NCOTA Fall Conference Presentation
Linn Wakeford, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA and Racquel Fisher, MS, OTR/L presented on the topic of increasing diversity in occupational therapy in North Carolina. Key facts and contexts were reviewed, and then the audience participated in a discussion and brainstorming process. This brainstorming process was designed to elicit ideas about how to recruit and support individuals from under-represented minorities, from rural areas, and from low-income backgrounds into the profession. The PowerPoint presentation linked here is an updated version of the conference presentation, and includes a summary of results of the brainstorming and discussion.
Applied Research Seminar
Eight second year MSOT students are participating in an applied research seminar focused around issues of diversity and inclusion. Their research will be completed in the spring semester of 2020, and results discussed during student poster presentations at the end of April.
In the Professional Development course, taken in the spring semester of the second year of the MSOT program, one or more student projects focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. One of these projects was the development of a recruitment video highlighting OTs who identify as belonging to a minority population.
Is Occupational Therapy the Career for You? from UNC Allied Health Sciences on Vimeo.
Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA) Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The work of this committee includes developing materials for and connections with local public schools and undergraduate groups on the UNC campus to promote OT as a possible career for students from underrepresented minorities. UNC SOTA is also an active chapter of the Coalition for Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity, an organization that operates at the national level.
Faculty-initiated group of current students, alumni, and faculty members who are committed to increasing the diversity of the profession and of the MS and PhD programs at UNC-Chapel Hill. Meetings are held approximately twice per semester, and members include and collaborate with members of the SOTA Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
Diversity Awareness Scholarship
This scholarship was initiated by UNC OT Alumnus Stacy Wilson, Class of 2010. Stacy is a founding member of COTAD, and is also working with the Dive-In committee. Application for the scholarship requires that the student outline a way in which he or she will conduct an outreach event that supports the recruitment of diverse individuals into occupational therapy.