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Lavalley Honored with Carolina Award for Outstanding Public Service

April 21, 2021

At the annual Public Service Awards event held on April 15, Ryan Lavalley, post-doctoral research associate in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, was among 11 individuals and one organization honored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for outstanding contributions to the campus and broader communities. This year’s event was … Continued

University’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion Awards Khalilah Johnson (’16 PhD) with 2021 MLK Unsung Hero Award

January 28, 2021

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

Jane Davis Rourk (May 14, 1938 – January 3, 2021)

January 12, 2021

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 Receives Southern Association of Allied Health Deans Student Leadership, Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Award

December 11, 2020

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

Occupational Therapy Alumna Kathryn Diamant (’20 MS OT) Experiences Innovations in Telehealth at Carrboro’s Club Nova

August 12, 2020

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

Student-Led Book Club in Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy Explores Issues of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

August 6, 2020

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

Kierra Peak ‘14 Receives 2020 Community Engagement Fellowship from Carolina Center for Public Service

June 23, 2020

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

Statement of Commitment to Justice, Equity, and Action

June 2, 2020

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